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'No plans to cancel our North Bay project' says Gateway Casinos

'Under the present circumstances, it is difficult to forecast when our development projects, like North Bay, can resume'
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Construction of the casino on Pinewood Park Drive is delayed. Jeff Turl/BayToday.

A spokesman for Gateway Casinos says the company does not intend to abandon its $31m Cascades project on Pinewood Park Drive in North Bay. 

The casinos have been officially closed since March 16 due to COVID restrictions.

"Our focus right now is on re-opening our existing casinos in Ontario, a process we started today and are continuing through Saturday," Rob Mitchell, Director of Communications & Public Affairs told BayToday.

"We have no plans to cancel our North Bay project. However, under the present circumstances, it is difficult to forecast when our development projects, like North Bay, can resume until we better understand the impact of COVID-19 on our existing operations. All of these concerns affect the planning, timing, and design of our projects.

"As you well know, we are living in a time of great uncertainty right now which is having an impact on all our development plans, including North Bay."

Cascades was originally targeting this spring for the opening, now it's totally up in the air.

See: New casino delayed. No date for construction to start

Cascades Casino will contain approximately 14,100 square feet of gaming space, including 300 slot machines and 10 table games.

The 37,000 square foot building,  located on a seven-acre parcel of land bordered by Pinewood Park Drive, Highway 11 and the PetroCanada station in the city's south end, will contain a sports bar called MATCH, and a restaurant called The Buffet.

Meanwhile, Gateway reopened select properties in Ontario today as part of the province’s Stage 3 guidelines.

All other Gateway locations – except for Casino Rama Resort – will re-open on Saturday, October 10. Casino Rama Resort will not re-open under this initial phase and when it does, the hotel will remain closed while operating at a 50-person capacity.

All live entertainment has been cancelled or postponed and the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre will remain closed until further notice. 

See: Gateway reopening its casinos this week — except Casino Rama

Gateway Casinos Sudbury will open Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

All properties will be restricted to the government-mandated maximum of 50 guests, and will only include slot machines. Table games will not be operational and non-gaming amenities will be very limited.

Jeff Turl

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Jeff is a veteran of the news biz. He's spent a lengthy career in TV, radio, print and online, covering both news and sports. He enjoys free time riding motorcycles and spoiling grandchildren.
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