Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek announced this week that their planned expansion is progressing nicely. The casino, which opend in August of 2009, is owned by the Nottaweseppi Huran Band of Potawatami Indians, and is located at exit exit 104 off of I-94, less than a two hour drive from South Bend, Ind.
Construction began on the project in May and includes the erection of an eight-story, 242-room hotel just west of and adjacent to the existing casino building. The expanded facility is expected to be ready for business in the fall of 2012. Fifty-six jobs were created from the construction project; 12 of them tribal members from the band that owns the casino and three from other tribes. The expansion will add additional amenities, gaming space, entertainment, and dining options.
The new hotel will feature an indoor pool, exercise facility, restaurant, and business center. Another portion of the construction project, the multi-purpose event center, will seat 2,000 people in a concert setting, and will also accomodate banquets, weddings, trade shows, and other functions. Part of the gaming floor additions will be a bingo hall expansion of 10,000 square feet, doubling their current capacity of 250 players to 500. The project employs local contractors and subcontractors, and in total has created more than 700 jobs. Currently, there is no information available about how many slot machines or table games will be added to the casino’s offerings once the new addition opens to the public.