$400M resort and casino coming to West Valley: Tohono O'Odham, City of Glendale finalize agreement

GLENDALE, AZ - The City of Glendale and the Tohono O'Odham Nation have finalized their agreement to build a multi-million dollar resort and casino in the West Valley.

Under the agreement, which was finalized Tuesday night, the City of Glendale said it fully supports the building of a $400 million resort and casino near 95th and Northern avenues.

The City also instructs the tribe to build the Las Vegas-style resort "as expeditiously as possible in order to create jobs and positive economic opportunity in the community," according to the emailed press release.

The Tohono O'Odham Nation will provide the City of Glendale with at least $26 million annually over a 20-year period. A one-time payment of $500,000 will be given to the city within the next 10 days, according to the release.

The West Valley Resort project will be funded by the Tohono O'Odham Nation. The Nation will also pay Glendale's monthly standard fees and service charge rates for commercial customers, the city said.

The southern Arizona tribe bought the casino site in 2003 to replace land flooded by the Painted Rock Dam about 30 years ago.

The Salt River and Gila River tribes oppose the casino plan. They argue that a 2002 tribal gaming compact stipulated no other casinos would be developed in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The Tohono O'Odham obtained reservation status for the casino site last month through a U.S. Department of Interior decision allowing trust status for the land.

Glendale said it will withdraw from any litigation against the project, according to the release.

The City of Glendale and the Tohono O'Odham have been negotiating for several months regarding the proposed casino plans.

For more information on the West Valley Project, visit WestValleyOpportunity.com .

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