Salem, Grand Ronde seek delay as feds weigh moving Siletz casino forward

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking public comment on a Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians plan to establish a 20-acre casino in north Salem following an environmental assessment. The project still requires federal and state approval. A rendering of the proposed Siletz casino in Salem near I-5. Officials with the city of Salem and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde want more time to review plans for a proposed tribal casino in north Salem as the Siletz tribe seeks federal approval for the project.

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians plans to establish a 20-acre off-reservation casino at 4751 Astoria Street N.E. in Salem, off Interstate 5.

The proposed 180,800-square-foot casino would house 2,000 gaming devices and 45 tables. There would also be a 500-room hotel, nightclub and sports bar. The project still requires approval from the Secretary of the Interior and Gov. Kate Brown to move forward.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is holding a public hearing on the proposed casino .

The agency on Jan. 7 released a more than 2,700-page environmental assessment that gauges the impacts of building such a facility, like noise, traffic and water demand.

The assessment said the casino would consume about 125 million gallons of water annually and lead to more than 7,800 vehicles daily entering or exiting the site.

The public comment period on that assessment ends on April 8. The city of Salem has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs for more time to review the assessment. […]

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