Potawatomi to build $150m green hotel

17th January 2012 (Last Updated January 17th, 2012 18:30)

US-based Potawatomi Bingo Casino, which is owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community, is to build a $150m smoke-free, green hotel in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley in Wisconsin, US.

US-based Potawatomi Bingo Casino, which is owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community, is to build a $150m smoke-free, green hotel in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley in Wisconsin, US.

The 382-room hotel will offer a spa and a casual-dining restaurant, and its development will include environmentally friendly features, including a storm-water capture system, the use of native plant species in the landscape design and other energy and water-efficiency measures to aid the environment and control long-term costs.

Potawatomi will break ground on the hotel in late spring/early summer 2012 and construction will last about two years. The project will generate $10m per year in additional revenue from property, sales, exposition and personal income taxes for the city and the County of Milwaukee, VISIT Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.

Potawatomi Bingo Casino general manager and Forest County Potawatomi tribal member Mike Goodrich said a hotel development will strengthen the long-term sustainability of the casino.

"We believe this hotel project is the next logical step, to not only ensure that Potawatomi Bingo Casino remains a vibrant entertainment choice, but also makes it an attractive destination on a regional level," Goodrich said.

According to analysis, 90% of stays at a Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel would be visitors to Milwaukee who are not spending the night at an area hotel.

Potawatomi Bingo Casino has 3,100 slot machines, nearly 100 table games, a 1,300-seat bingo hall, four full-service restaurants and a 500-seat theatre.