DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Great Blue Heron Casino on Scugog Island will be re-developed and expanded.
On Monday, January 29th, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) announced that they have signed a re-development agreement with Ontario Gaming GTA LP (OGGLP), the casino’s service provider. OGGLP is made up of two companies, the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Brookfield Business Partners LP.
Mississaugas Chief, Kelly LaRocca said before this deal was reached, she was “afraid the Great Blue Heron would be forgotten and cannibalized” but noted, once the construction starts she can “breathe a sigh of relief”
Chief LaRocca also told The Standard, the draft re-development plans include a hotel, a 20,000 square-foot addition to house more table games and slot machines, as well as a potential entertainment space, “all housed within the casino footprint.”
“We believe [what’s been proposed in the expansion plans] will bolster tourism for Port Perry and for the First Nation territory,” Chief LaRocca said.
The re-development is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
“As part of our commitment and partnership with the MSIFN, we are focused on building a state-of-the-art gaming entertainment facility that will continue to celebrate the heritage of the MSIFN community and provide exciting gaming options,” Rod Baker, President and CEO of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, said, in a press release.
Sonja Mandic, Great Canadian Gaming’s director of media relations, told The Standard, in an email, they expect to share details of the re-development with the Mississaugas community in late February.
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