The Wilton Rancheria Tribe held a community meeting this evening at the Falls Event Center on the proposed Elk Grove casino. A standing room only crowd of over 300 people attended the meeting. Tribal Chairman Raymond Hitchcock started off the community meeting by giving a presentation on the history of the Wilton Rancheria Tribe, including the process leading up to the choice of Elk Grove as the location for the proposed casino. He also shared renderings of the proposed casino. The casino will feature a 12 story hotel, 4 story parking garage, over 2000 slot machines, a food court, higher end restaurants, and a large convention area capable of holding over 3000 people for meetings, concerts and other events.
The proposed location will be a 36 acre parcel that is currently owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation, owners of the unfinished Elk Grove Outlet Mall. The casino would be built between the mall and the Kaiser Medical building. Elk Grove became the preferred location over Wilton and Galt according to Hitchcock because the City of Elk Grove and County of Sacramento didn’t want a casino built in Wilton and the Galt location would have been more expensive because it lacked the infrastructure.
After the video presentation, Hitchcock then took written questions from the audience. Reactions from the crowd were mixed. A majority seemed to support the casino. There were a couple of outbursts from residents opposed to the casino.
Highlights of the meeting.
A live video of the event was posted to the Elk Grove Laguna Forums Facebook Page. Over 1700 viewers tuned in during the live streaming broadcast.
The Power Point presentation shown at the meeting is available online. It includes the renderings of the casino.