Redding Rancheria plans $90 million casino expansion 5-23-07

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - The Redding Rancheria tribe is proposing a $90 million expansion of its Win-River casino to compete with a rival casino and boost its gambling revenue.

The plan unveiled Wednesday would add an eight-story, 175-room hotel, a five-story parking garage, a 2,000-seat event center and restaurants, while doubling the number of gambling machines to 2,000. The tribe faces competition from the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, which has expanded since it opened west of Interstate 5 in July 2002. Rolling Hills features two hotels, several restaurants and a conference center and is scheduled to open an 18-hole golf course this summer.

“We are seeing the competition dig deep into our sphere of influence,” Win-River General Manager Gary Hayward said.

The event center could allow the tribe to attract bigger acts. The hotel, to be marketed as a conference destination, would feature indoor and outdoor pools and a day spa.

“We will try to get groups who normally go to Sacramento, who do training and need to have a hotel on site,” Hayward said.

Win-River's last update was a $32 million remodeling five years ago.

An environmental impact, which is required under the tribe's 1999 compact with the state, should be completed and released within a month, Hayward said. The 20-year compact authorizes the tribe to operate up to 2,000 gambling machines.