While work is underway on four new state-licensed casinos, the Meskwaki Nation broke ground in Tama today (Thursday) to expand its Native American casino. Brand Hornburg is the contractor working on the project. He says they’re doubling the size of the hotel and more than doubling the size of the rest of the facility the includes the casino, bingo hall and restaurant. Hornburg says the new addition will give the hotel 400 rooms. He says there’ll be 15 luxury suites in the nine-story hotel, and once the addition is done, they’ll remodel the existing hotel to bring it up to the standards of the new one. Hornburg says they’re starting expansion of the gambling area this week too. The expansion includes a convention center and four new restaurants. Hornburg says they hope to have the expansion completed by the end of next year.
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