Cache Creek starts environmental analysis on event center expansion

Cache Creek Casino Resort is starting an environmental analysis of its proposed events center.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation on Tuesday said it will move ahead with an environmental impact study for a proposed event center project at the Cache Creek Casino Resort.

This first step, a notice of preparation, lets government agencies and the public know the tribe has authorized an environmental analysis on its land.

Analytical Environmental Services, or AES, of Sacramento will conduct the analysis.

The proposed event center would be 52,000 square feet, and the project would add a gaming area of 20,000 square feet, more dining space, a warehouse and additional parking. Construction could start in 2011, and the event center would open in 2013, if all went according to plan.

Yocha Dehe in October called off an expansion that would have included a hotel tower with 467 additional hotel rooms along with 27 hillside guest cottages, three new swimming pools, seven more restaurants and some retail stores. The plan was scrapped due to the economy. The events center, which was a part of that plan, is moving forward.

Yoche Dehe pays more than $5 million a year to the county under an intergovernmental agreement for its current operations. It is the largest private employer in Yolo County.