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Emerald Queen Expansion Plan Caters to Players and Commuters


April 11, 2013 8:02 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Print this page

This week, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians announced a major expansion plan for its Emerald Queen Casino.  As reported in the Tacoma News Tribune, the $150 million dollar project would include a new parking facility as well as building a permanent new casino structure.

The Tribe plans to break ground this summer on a 2,500-stall parking structure near its Portland Avenue casino. The second phase of the project would include building a new state of the art casino and demolishing the three tents in which the casino currently operates. The tribe also is partnering with local jurisdictions in hopes the destination can accommodate Tacoma area commuters. One of the proposed routes of Tacoma’s light rail network has tracks extending into East Tacoma, which could include a stop on tribal land at the casino complex. The tribe has offered to allow the city free use of its parking structure for commuters or other drivers.

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