Tribe Unveils Casino Design

Graton chairman says he wanted something tasteful and in tune with surrounding Sonoma County landscape; Casino scheduled to open this fall


The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have released the first official images of what the new casino will look like when it opens at the end of 2013.

The 3,000-slot casino, the largest in the Bay Area--is a single story building done in earth tones—beige, brown and copper—and decorated with arches. There is also a waterfall on the side of the building and many trees and shrubs planted outside.

See more pictures on the right and at this link

The entrance to the casino is also arched, meant to resemble Sonoma Mountain, a sacred place for the tribe, Graton Rancheria Chairman Greg Sarris told the Press Democrat.

"I've worked hand in hand with Station (Casinos) and their architects to create something modern that would be timeless and reflect the local landscape and colors," Sarris told the paper, adding that he didn't want a "cookie cutter approach."

The casino also announced that it would hold free 12-week trainings for blackjack, baccarat and pai gow dealers and announce job openings in the coming months. The casino is expected to generate an additional 11,000 daily car trips on Wilfred Avenue, but also create 1,500 jobs.

What do you think of the casino design?

robert aherne February 14, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Where are the Environmentalists when you really need them? Hypocrits. Robert Aherne
Becky Jackson February 15, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Check out this artist's rendition from the 500nations.com website: http://500nations.com/casinos/caGratonRancheriaCasino.asp It will show you the complete picture with the "later phase" hotel included. Horrendous for our city.
boethius February 18, 2013 at 07:43 PM
What are the environmentalists going to do precisely? The City, State, Feds, and local residents have all agreed they want the Casino and every legal agreement reflects that. There has also been 10+ years of push-back by residents, certain City councilmen, Pastor Worthington, and, yes, environmentalists who tried to scuttle the location because it was once designated as tiger salamander habitat (since set aside by the Feds when it was put into trust for FIGR). And you're complaining about the architecture? In *Rohnert Park* of all places? The land of cookie cutter suburban homes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and strip malls? The Green Music Center might be the first architecturally significant structure ever built here.
robert aherne February 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM
boethius: you don't know the whole story. Originally, ther Tribe wanted to build near Sears Point, in Marin County. The Marin Environmentalist raised holy hell with Boxer and Feinstein. Boxer's son was a lobbyist for the Tribe - maybe still is. It was stopped in Marin and when the Tribe went to Plan B, Rohnert Park, the North Bay environmentalists were delighted. The ducks in San Pablo Bay were more important than the yokels who live in Sonoma. One Sonoma environmental group, Friends of the Lagunna de Santa Rosa,took a grant (payoff) from the Tribe to shut up about the Casino building in their beloved Laguna. They did. Sarris (Stations Casino) gave SSU a bundle of money who made him a full tenured professor. There is much more you don't know about that very corrupt deal. Bob Aherne
Stop Graton Casino May 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM
They gave one picture to the Press, but Station Casinos has another picture on its web site showing what it will look like with the hotel tower. BIG difference! They must really think we're all chumps out here. To see what the finished casino will look like, go to https://www.sclv.com/Casinos.aspx


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