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$33.5 million Marquette casino project moves forward

At top, an artist’s rendering depicts plans for the Ojibwa Casino in Marquette. Above, a detailed floor plans. Plans for the Marquette casino would create an “entertainment mecca,” according to a news release. The $33.5 million Marquette project will include a three-star 80-room hotel, 1,200-seat entertainment complex, three branded restaurants and a 400-seat state of the art conference facility. (Photos courtesy of Ojibwa Casinos)

MARQUETTE — Plans to renovate the Ojibwa Casinos in Baraga and Marquette are moving forward — a groundbreaking is planned for 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Marquette location.

The approved renovations and expansions of the casinos are the first since the pair opened, according to a news release from the Ojibwa Casino Resort-Baraga.

The plans for Marquette’s casino would create an “entertainment mecca,” the release said.

The $33.5 million Marquette project will include a three-star 80-room hotel, 1,200 seat entertainment complex, three branded restaurants, 400-seat state of the art conference facility and the gaming floor will increase to accommodate 500 slot machines.

The Baraga casino will be given a $6.5 million facelift that officials say will “greatly enhance the guest’s experience.”  The project will include the expansion of the existing gaming facility and many other infrastructure upgrades.   A groundbreaking for the Baraga facility is planned for 10 a.m. Dec. 7.

“This $40 million investment to the properties will not only enhance the overall guest experience but also uniquely position them in the Upper Peninsula gaming market,” the release said.

The release said the casinos are expected to be complete in late 2017 or early 2018.

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