CATHEDRAL CITY — Less than one month after breaking ground on a new $8.2 million downtown fire station, ground will be broken today, Nov. 4, on a new Cathedral City casino.

The new Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City, a gaming and entertainment facility in our downtown, will be one more jewel in the crown of rebirth in this community,. The is casino, being constructed by the Agua Caliente of Cahuilla Indians, will serve as the fourth anchor at the eastern edge of the Downtown Arts and Entertainment District.

The public is welcome to join the celebration on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 1:30 pm, located at the corner of Date Palm Drive and East Palm Canyon Drive (Highway 111).   Attendees are asked to enter the ceremonial site from Buddy Rogers Avenue.

The Cathedral City casino is part of a rebirth of  the Downtown. It will complement:

  • A new $8.2 million Fire Department
  • A new $3.7 million amphitheater
  • A new $2.7 million Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre

The staggering amount of development sends an undeniable message that this community of about 55,000 people is on the rise and moving forward, Mayor Mark Carnevale told Uken Report.

The hard work of persistence and planning is now paying significant dividends.

The Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are owed a debt of gratitude for choosing Cathedral City for their third casino location.  n Others are located in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage.

The Cathedral City casino will be a landmark for the tribe, for Cathedral City, and for the surrounding communities, Carnevale said.

More than 560 people are expected to be employed at the casino, according to Carnevale said.

Groundbreaking Set for Cathedral City Casino“This will (be an) economic boom to our great city.”

The casino will be a significant draw for the downtown. It will augment and enhance the restaurants, the movie theatre, festivals, amphitheater, and the repertory theatre.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced the construction for the Cathedral City casino will be underway soon thanks to Federal government approval of the Tribe’s request to transfer the land status from fee to tribal trust for gaming purposes.

In 2017, the Tribe acquired 12.5 acres at the corner of E. Palm Canyon Drive and Date Palm Drive to complete a 13.6 acre project site for an entertainment development project in the heart of downtown Cathedral City.  As part of that agreement, the Tribe contributed $5.5 million to build a new city fire station at 68950 Buddy Rogers Ave.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

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  • Cathedral City Casino interior: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Cathedral City Casino: Agua Caliente Band of Chuilla Indians