In spite of current circumstances, the Pinewood Park Drive project in North Bay is moving forward. Gateway Casinos says the company does not intend to abandon its $31m development.
According to Rob Mitchell, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, the focus right now is to reopen existing Ontario casinos.
“We have no plans to cancel our North Bay project…but it is difficult
to forecast when our development projects can resume…concerns
affect the planning, timing, and design of our projects.”
Mitchells stated that we are living in a time of great uncertainty right now which is having an impact on all our development plans, including North Bay.
Cascades had originally targeting this spring for the opening. The major project of 14,100 square feet of gaming space, includes 300 slot machines and 10 table games. A sports bar called MATCH and a restaurant known as The Buffet are set to go. It is all housed in a 37,000 square foot building on Highway 11 at the PetroCanada station in the city’s south end.
Other Gateway properties in Ontario have resumed operations. However, Casino Rama Resort did not reopen during the initial phase and will operate at a 50-person capacity.
Of note, all live entertainment has been cancelled or postponed at the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre.
Not unexpectedly, all properties will be restricted to the government-mandated maximum of 50 guests and will only include slot machines. Non-gaming entertainment facilities will be limited and table games will not be operational for the time being.