Demo for gaming centre set

Upcoming: An artist’s rendering of the Chances gaming centre proposed for Salmon Arm.  - Photo contributed
Upcoming: An artist’s rendering of the Chances gaming centre proposed for Salmon Arm.
— image credit: Photo contributed

If work progresses as well as Berezan Group president Ralph Berezan hopes, a gaming centre in Salmon Arm will open in May.

“Finally I think we have a construction agreement between myself and the band,” said Berezan Monday, noting a bid has been let to demolish the old GM building on the corner of 10th Street SW and the Trans-Canada Highway. “We have been waiting for the federal government to approve and sign everything.”

Demolition and clean-up is expected to take 10 days, beginning the first week of August. The next step is to verify cost details with companies consulted last year.

“We have an agreement with the Adams Lake Band, we always want to give first  chance to band members in the immediate area,” says Berezan of employment opportunities. “The Adams Lake Band have been a pleasure to work with and are really doing everything in their power to take this forward.”

Berezan is also pleased with the co-operation he has received from Mayor Nancy Cooper and council. He says although the gaming centre will be on band land, it will be hooked up to Salmon Arm water and sewer infrastructure.

Chances Salmon Arm will cover 22,000 square feet and will feature banquet and conference areas with 100 slot machines and bingo tables. It will also have a VIP lounge and outdoor patio.

“We built a similar building in Castlegar and it took us approximately 12 months,” Berezan said. “This time we hope to have it done in 10 or 11.”


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