The community is invited to attend a meeting and hear an update on the proposed Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff. The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
John L. Berrey, chairman of the business committee of the Quapaw Nation and the Downstream Development Authority, invites the community to learn about the latest updates.
“Meet, fellowship and discuss opportunities that may be available,” a spokesman said in a news release. “Pre-development details have been finalized and bid opportunities are now and will continue to become available.”
The casino is awaiting its last hurdle, state licensure, before construction. The Arkansas Racing Commission is scheduled to award the license this month.
Meanwhile, construction is now underway on a $100 million expansion at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs.
The expansion was announced shortly after Arkansas voters in November legalized casino gambling at four sites in the state, including Oaklawn and Pine Bluff. The planned expansion includes adding a hotel, an event center, and an additional 28,000 square feet (2,600 square meters) in the casino area.
The Arkansas Racing Commission approved casino licenses March 23 for Oaklawn and for Southland Gaming and Racing at West Memphis.
Oaklawn spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyt said that work on the expansion began shortly after the end of the live racing season earlier this month. The project is expected to be complete before the start of next year's live racing season.