Wind Creek Announces Wetumpka Casino Expansion

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By Lisa Blackwell

Wind Creek announces a new multi-million dollar expansion in Elmore County.

The project is expected to create jobs and economic development for the region.

Porch Creek Indians announced Wednesday a 246 million dollar project called Wind Creek Wetumpka.

The President of PCI Gaming calls the project a catalyst for Riverfront Development in Wetumpka.

What's been years in the making and is now becoming a reality in Wetumpka.

Officials of PCI Gaming say Wind Creek Wetumpka will be located along the Coosa River. It will include a 20 story hotel tower with 285 rooms, a 90,000 square foot gaming floor with more than 2500 electronic gaming machines.

The complex will also feature meeting rooms, 3 different restaurants including one for fine dining, a buffet and a grill cafe. There will also be a terrace overlooking the river.

Keith Martin of the Tribal Council, says "We hope everyone in the state of Alabama will be proud of this project one day it's not just about the Poarch Creek Indians, we want to be good neighbors to everyone."

The current casino employs 400 people. The new addition will create another 600 jobs bringing the total number of workers to 1000. Mayor Jerry Willis says he's not sure what the economic impact will be but expects it to be big.

"We've never had anything this large before this could be a tremendous economic boost for our area it just depends on how everything plays out," said Willis.

Residents we talked to say they think the expansion is good for the region.

Tiffany Miller, of Wetumpka, says, "I think it's going to boost the area I think it's going to boost the economy in the area, you know they always say buy from the River Region so why not make the River Region better."

PCI Gaming President Jay Dorris says he's not concerned about recent litigation aimed at stopping electronic bingo in the state.

"As you're successful in growth you always have detractors and that's something you have in the background but you don't let it guide the future," said Dorris.

Construction work has already started on the new complex. The project will employ 1200 construction workers all of whom are expected to spend their money right here in the region.

PCI Gaming officials say this complex will be even bigger than the one in Atmore.

The first floor is expected to be complete by October 2013 and the rest of the facility is expected to be open by January 1, 2014.

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