Koi Indian tribe unveils plans for $600 million casino resort in Sonoma County

At 222 East Shiloh Road, northeast of Santa Rosa, near Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, the Koi Nation, one of California
At 222 East Shiloh Road, northeast of Santa Rosa, near Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, the Koi Nation, one of California

The Koi Nation, one of California’s federally recognized Native American tribes, on Wednesday unveiled plans to build a $600 million casino resort on 68 acres on East Shiloh Road near the Shiloh Ranch Regional Park northeast of Santa Rosa in unincorporated Sonoma County.

The tribe intends to convert what was a winegrape vineyard at 222 East Shiloh Road, between the park and Old Redwood Highway, it acquired this month for $12.3 million into the Shiloh Resort & Casino.

The project would include 2,500 slot and other gaming machines, a 200-room hotel, six restaurant and food service areas, a meeting center and a spa. Plans call for an energy-efficient resort blended with the natural landscape. No smoking would be allowed anywhere on the property.

Sam Singer, a spokesman for the tribe, said the resort design “looks more like a winery project.” Taken together, he said, the casino development will stretch across 1.2 million square feet of space.

If built, this would be the third Las Vegas-style gambling casino in Sonoma County. It would rival the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria’s Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, which has the largest gaming floor in the Bay Area with 3,000 slots, about 100 table games, a live poker room plus a 200-room hotel. Opened in late 2013, the 254-acre Graton property is a $825 million development built on a former cow pasture.

The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians owns and operates the River Rock Casino nestled in the Alexander Valley vineyard countryside near Geyserville. […]

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