Work continues at the site of Gateway Casinos & Entertainment's North Bay Cascades Casino. (Photo taken in February, 2020, MyNorthBayNow.com staff)
Construction has resumed at the future site of Cascades Casino in North Bay.
Rob Mitchell, Director of Communications for Gateway Casinos, says the building held up great over the winter months and now work has resumed.
“The last time we were in there actively was last November when we poured in the concrete floor, put in plumbing and electricity, etc,” said Mitchell. “Now we’re back inside and we’re going to build it out and complete it as was planned.”
Mitchell says he is cautiously optimistic about opening, despite COVID-19.
“I’m cautiously optimistic with the progress the country and the province are making with vaccine distribution. We’ve made the decision to go in and build a casino as what was originally planned.”
Despite going back to original plans, Mitchell could not give an opening date.
“For us to open, it will be contingent on public health authorities, Ministry of Health and the regulatory bodies that oversee us (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario,” he said. “But we’re crossing our fingers and we’re cautiously optimistic going forward. […] We have opened and operated under COVID-19 and have done it successfully with appropriate health and safety measures and social distancing… however when we were open, we were limited to 50 guests. Now we’re closed entirely across Ontario, as well as [British Columbia] and Alberta.”
Mitchell says a day like today (April 6th), when over 3,000 cases are reported in Ontario, creates uncertainty.
“There will be some challenges. It’s still uncertain when we will be able to operate the buffet. There’s a possibility that we may not have table games as they’re currently restricted right now. There are definitely some mitigating factors in this particular environment in the midst of a pandemic. but I think the important thing is we’re going forward with this, we will build it out, it will be completed, and at some date, cross our fingers, we’ll be able to open,” finished Mitchell.
The 39,000 square foot building, located on land between 300 Pinewood Park Drive and Highway 11, will feature 300 slots and eight live table games and create up to 300 jobs for locals.