WAYLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - The first step in what could lead to a new hotel and expanded gaming area is underway at Gun Lake Casino.
The Wayland-area casino confirms it has begun construction on a parking lot in the wetland behind the current casino between the building and U.S. 131.
The tribe says it is currently working on the lot. But in June, the Army Corps of Engineers gave the green light for a much bigger casino project on the wetlands.
In its application, the tribe said it wants to build a parking lot, along with a hotel, expanded gaming area, cinema, spa and bowling alley.
The permit is good for three years, but can be extended for up to five, meaning the tribe still has some time for the additional projects.
Nobody is saying when or even if that work is planned.
Gun Lake Casino opened about two and a half years ago. Other West Michigan casinos have added hotels to their casino operations in recent years.
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