New Delta casino resort near George Massey Tunnel approved

  • New casino will generate up to $50 million revenue annually
  • Delta City Council will give final approval to design plan

A new casino resort based near the southern end of the George Massey Tunnel in Delta has been given preliminary approval by the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC).

Exterior of Delta Town and Country Inn near the south end of the George Massey Tunnel. It is the site of the proposed casino. Photo: Google Maps.
Exterior of Delta Town and Country Inn near the south end of the George Massey Tunnel. It is the site of the proposed casino. Photo: Google Maps.

The new development will involve Gateway Casinos & Entertainment relocating its Newton Community Gaming Centre in Surrey to a new, larger facility at Delta Town and Country Inn, near the interchange where Highway 99 and Highway 17A intersect.

According to a statement from the BCLC, this particular site was selected because it aligned well with Delta’s tourism strategy.

Distance from residential neighbourhoods and proximity to transportation corridors were also considered in reaching the decision, along with the likely effect on other casino operators in the region:

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“BCLC and its third-party specialized advisory consultant undertook a detailed analysis of this location utilizing existing player data.

This analysis shows that the Delta Town and Country Inn site will capture incremental revenue, with minimal impacts to adjacent gambling facilities in Richmond, Surrey and New Westminster.”

Final Approval

Gateway has already obtained the Town and Country Inn site, for the development, which may ultimately provide employment for as many as 700 people.

The casino could generate between $25 million and $50 million in annual revenue, and the local government is set to receive 10 per cent of net gaming revenue, which could equate to between $1.5 million and $3 million annually for local municipal coffers.

Having gained preliminary approval, Gateway will be able to work on its full proposal for the site, which will include details of amenities and dining facilities.

This proposal will be submitted to BCLC and if given the go-ahead, the plans will then be put before the Delta City Council to gain final approval.

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