Tribe breaks ground on casino expansion

By on January 9, 2019

Officials from the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and local dignitaries broke ground Monday on the expansion of the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa.

The 65,000-square-foot project, which is expected to be completed in 2020, will bring approximately 425 full-time jobs and 1,000 temporary construction jobs to the facility near Palm Springs, according to a statement.

“Morongo has come a long way from the tiny bingo hall we operated on the reservation back in the 1980s,” said Tribal Chairman Robert Martin said in the statement. “Today, we open a new chapter in our story as we continue to nurture new opportunities for our people, our community and our region.”

The expansion – its cost was not disclosed – will enlarge the casino’s gaming floor by more than 30 percent. That will be enough space to add 800 slot machines, more table games, a bar, lounge and other amenities.

The existing gaming floor will also be renovated, several restaurants on the first floor will be upgraded and a valet parking structure with charging stations for more than 70 electric vehicles will be built.

The 27-story resort and casino is owned and operated by the Morongo tribe. It includes five restaurants, a swimming pool with private cabanas, live entertainment, a nightclub and a 36-hole golf course, according to the statement.