Zane Hansen, CEO of Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, left, and SIGA second vice chair, chief Reginald Bellrose unveiled a rendering of the Lloydminster Casino during a sod turning ceremony at the development site on June 12. Construction on the casino estimated to cost about $20 million is underway headed by Yellowhead Construction. FILE PHOTO
Construction is underway on the $20 million Lloydminster casino, to be operated by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA).
Machinery is now working on site east of 40 Avenue and south of Highway 16 with piles going into the ground.
“It is good news,” said Melody Lynch, SIGA’s director of communications during a phone interview with the Source.
As the fall progresses, work will continue on the building structure headed by Yellowhead Construction, with all mechanical and electrical work to follow.
Once that work is complete, the interior finishing will begin, including millwork for the kitchen, bar and grill, as well as architectural designs and treatments for the walls, ceiling and floors.
SIGA said work will continue on the building exterior, including architectural designs and features for the front and side of the building with a completion date to be finalized.
“As the work progresses, SIGA is becoming increasingly excited for the site to become our seventh casino in Saskatchewan, and an entertainment destination for the City of Lloydminster,” said Lynch.
The construction follows an official site sod turning on June 12 with representatives from SIGA and their development partners, including the Border Tribal Council, the facility landlord, and Little Pine First Nation, the land owner.
The first phase casino project will include a gas bar and convenience store, which has been under construction since last fall with Little Pine Business Developments Inc, as a development partner on that project.
The sod turning ceremony included the unveiling of a rendering of the casino and the phased Eagle Park West site development.
For Lloydminster, the casino is expected to create about 140 jobs and support local businesses through service agreements, and attract tourism dollars to the community.
Twenty five per cent of the casino profit will be shared with a regional Community Development Corporation, with the remaining 25 per cent going into provincial general revenue.
The local CDC will provide funds for city services, non profit and charitable organizations.