Work on the $87 million Cascades Casino Delta in Ladner continues but with a reduced on-site workforce due to physical-distancing-protocols due to COVID-19.
Before the pandemic, Gateway Casino & Entertainment Ltd. said the opening date for the complex next to the interchange of highways 99 and 17A was set for late in 2021.
Gateway also engaged with a third party to build and operate a hotel on the property.
Located at the former Delta Town & Country Inn site, the facility will include a 40,000-square-foot gaming floor with up to 600 slot machines and 30 gaming tables, as well as a Match Eatery & Public House, a buffet and Atlas Steak + Fish restaurant.
Gateway spokesperson Tanya Gabara said it’s now an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation.
“While construction is continuing at the Cascades Casino Delta work site, there are less workers on site at any given time as we, along with our construction partners, continue to follow the recommendations of government and public health officials for social distancing and restricting the size of gatherings,” she explained in a statement to the Optimist April 14.
“It is really too early to speculate on how this health crisis could affect the timeline for the project. We are monitoring the situation closely as it continues and are hopeful we will remain on schedule.”
BCLC approved the project two years ago, following Delta council’s earlier approval, but the provincial Ministry of Transportation didn’t sign off on the project until last spring. The old hotel at the site was torn down last May.
According to Gateway, the complex will be “a full-service entertainment destination with casual ambience, but with the scale and amenities associated with a big-city entertainment facility with exceptional customer service and attention to detail.”