A public hearing on Gateway’s Delta casino complex scheduled for Tuesday evening drew a surprisingly large audience, forcing officials to announce a second hearing date. The meeting, which resumed on Wednesday evening, was intended to show lawmakers what residents thought of a project to invest $70 million in CA in the region. Instead, the proposal was met with strong opposition and the city council gave preliminary approval 4-2 in favor of Gateway’s application.
Last year, the British Columbia Lottery granted preliminary permission to open a casino at Delta Gateway Casino Entertainment, followed by meetings, consultations, and intelligence campaigns, and last month the city council held its first and second readings on the proposed development
A total of 47 people spoke at a four-hour meeting Tuesday evening and most of them expressed concern that the new casino would lead to increased gambling addiction, traffic problems, money laundering and crime. The majority of people at the meeting strongly opposed casinos, but supporters said gambling facilities would benefit the city financially because they would pay Delta part of their gambling profits. Others pointed out that Gateway’s proposals included “family-friendly” restaurants as well as casinos.
As Gateway recently unveiled, the gambling facility, which will become a Cascade-branded casino, will be located on Radner’s Delta Town and Country Inn site. To do this, the current hotel needs to be demolished this summer and construction for new developments will begin by the end of the year. The company expects the casino complex to open. According to the plan, it has about 500 slot machines and up to 24 game tables, and the adjacent hotel will also be tailored to 124 steak rooms, which are characteristic of public restaurants.
Gateway’s Casino Project Progress
Public hearings on Gateway’s application for Highway 6005 17A casino and entertainment complex continued Wednesday evening. The gap between casino supporters and opponents widened after Delta Police Chief Neil Dubod, who told the audience the money laundering and crime concerns he had heard before, were unfounded. According to him, casinos will cause or cause no more crime than shopping malls or movie theaters 5
After hours of several speakers sharing opinions on the casino proposal, the city council approved the project in a 4-2 vote at the third reading. Mayor Robert Campbell, Bruce Macdonald, Sylvia Bishop and Royce Jackson voted in favour of the new casino, while Rep. Ginny Ghanakos and Rep. King Cohen Patton did not comment on the third concern.