Work Resumes on Gateway's New Cascades Casino in North Bay
April 6, 2021
Work has resumed after more than six months at North Bay's new under-construction Cascades Casino.
Rob Mitchell, Director of Communications for Gateway Casinos, told CTV News that "we felt we were far enough along with this casino that it made sense to build it out and complete it."
However, he added that there is currently no firm opening date as much will depend on public health authorities.
Work on the site had previously stalled for several months due to COVID-19 restrictions before the site was completely shut down during the coldest winter months. An inspection has been taking place first to see how the building weathered the winter while construction was suspended.
"We've poured the floor and did all the rough-ins last November then we put up the boarding for the winter months and closed the site," added Mitchell, as reported by Bay Today. "It is our intention to complete the facility as planned. The decision has been made to go forward with it and we're cautiously optimistic we are going to build it out as planned."
The casino will also boast amenities such as the Match Eatery and Public House and The Buffet.
"It's going to be a really exciting destination for North Bay and people will really enjoy it," concluded Mitchell.
North Bay Mayor Al McDonald said, per CTV: "Happy to hear that they’re going to complete the building because you’re always concerned when you know a project stops. The fact that they’re reinvesting in the city of North Bay just (shows) us that they have confidence and their interest in our city is still there and the fact that they’re going to make this big investment and create the jobs in our community... We offer not just gaming, but live entertainment and a unique dining experience, an outdoor patio so, you know, we’re cautiously optimistic going forward, but we’re very excited."
However, McDonald did note that whether or not those extra amenities can open, as well as the operation of table games, will depend on public health measures.
The Cascades Casino project broke ground in May 2019 and was originally scheduled to open in 2020, prior to the COVID-19 and the consequential restrictions.
The project, which includes a 39,000-square-foot casino, is expected to cost $31 million and create up to 300 jobs when open, per The Sault Star.
McDonald added that revenue from the casino should be about $1 million to $2 million a year.