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The Point Casino expansion project is put on hold

LITTLE BOSTON — Construction phases for expanding The Point Casino are currently on hold.

The casino’s construction was slated for July or August and would expand the casino to a 100,000 square-foot gambling facility spread across 22 acres.

The current building is about 17,000 square feet.

“As you know the economy is so different than it was a year ago. We are looking at options for the casino but we aren’t ready to talk publicly about it. We are trying to figure out, based on the economy, what’s the right thing to do for the future,” said Laurie Mattson, interim chief executive officer for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.

After the resignation of Doug Quade, the tribe’s former CEO, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe appointed Mattson to the position.

Quade resigned in July after serving the position about 18 months.

Mattson said it is an honor to assist the council in moving their priorities forward.

“We are really looking at a number of things and are obviously in a period of regrouping right now,” she said. “(The casino’s development) is definitely pushed off for the time being. Hopefully it will happen in the future.”

Mattson, who also works as the tribe’s associate director and is the exective director of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Foundation, worked for the tribe for 32 years.

She said the tribe will recruit this fall for someone to permanently fill the CEO position, as she’s looking to retire “one of these days.”

Mattson said the tribe is currently brainstorming on future projects including expanding its grant department and improving housing on the reservation. Other project possibilities, she said, include constructing an art center or publishing a book of the tribe’s history.

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