Major step toward constructing $186 million resort off SR99
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday afternoon his approval of the construction of an Indian gaming casino on 305 acres near State Route 99 and Avenue 17 north of Madera.
Gov. Brown concurred with the Department of the Interior’s Sept. 1, 2011, decision to allow the land to be placed in trust for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and signed a gaming compact between the state and the Mono tribe.
According to Charles Banks-Altecruse, spokesman for the North Fork tribe, work on the $186 million project could begin as early as the middle of 2013 “in the best-case scenario. We should keep in mind that every year of delay for this project is $100 million worth of economic development for Madera County lost.”
Banks-Altecruse called the governor’s signing of the concurrance with the Department of the Interior and the gaming compact the completion of “the most difficult and meaningful steps” of the casino-approval process...