Our Commitment to the Northwest
We are investing in preserving the heritage of the Cowlitz Tribe and improving the lives of our members. In turn, this will advance the economy and vitality of the SW Washington community.
Rooted in the Cowlitz Tribe's heritage, The Cowlitz Project will bring forward the Tribe's longstanding commitment to improving the local community and growing the economy. Upon opening in 2017, 2% of facility profit will be donated to local arts and education programs.
The Tribe believes the success of The Cowlitz Project depends on the successful relationships formed with the local community. To that end, we want to ensure our neighbors and community partners feel a sense of ownership and pride in the project while also sharing in the benefits and opportunities.
The Tribe has existed in Clark, Cowlitz, and Lewis Counties since time immemorial, thousands of years before county lines were established.
The Mohegan Tribe has experienced great success with its casinos on the East Coast. Its mission is to spread this kind of sustainable growth and preservation to other tribes, so they have teamed up with the Cowlitz to help the tribe build a profitable casino that will sustain it in the long-term. The special relationship between Cowlitz and Mohegan Tribes assures commitment to culture and being good neighbors and helps fulfill Indian Gaming Regulatory Act’s goal of tribe-to-tribe collaboration.
The facility will provide around 1,000 permanent jobs and will use employ the services of local vendors as well.
The Cowlitz Project will play a significant role in economic growth in the Northwest.
The project has the potential for significant economic growth in SW Washington. From nearly 1,000 new career opportunities including top-level positions, to an investment in the I-5 interchange, we are excited to get to work here in the SW Washington community.
The Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority, or CTGA, an instrumentality of the Cowlitz Tribe, announces the tribe has secured $433 million of financing for the construction of The Cowlitz Project in Southwest Washington, totaling a $500 million project. Joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the financing are Key Bank, Citizens Bank and Columbia Bank. Brigade Capital, Neuberger-Berman, Lord Abbott and Marathon contributed to the Term Loan B portion of the Loan.
The Cowlitz Project is committed to environmental sustainability of the 152 acres of land and surrounding community, building sewage infrastructure that meets or exceeds EPA requirements.
This piece of land was chosen because it is part of the historic Cowlitz lands. Its strategic location adjacent to I-5 will ensure commercial viability and minimal impact to the surrounding environment.
Bikes paths and penetration walkways are a part of the IIP to promote alternative transportation.
We invested in a state-of-the-art waste water technology that transforms waste water into drinking water quality prior to the reclamation process. We are currently seeking EPA approval prior to actual operation of the system and confident we will meet all federal laws and rules required by the EPA.
Investing in Transportation Improvement
The Tribe is invested in improving the existing I-5/NW La Center Road interchange to accommodate the influx of traffic and expected growth over the next twenty years.
The project is an entirely private investment of $32 million, completely void of taxpayer dollars. The interchange improvement project will include lane expansions, roundabouts, pedestrian and bike paths as well as earthquake preparedness. When completed, the interchange will feature a new four-lane bridge. Roundabouts move traffic more efficiently and are much safer and significantly reduce the risk of accidents and fatalities. From the analysis, the designers found that on average cars will save 10-12 seconds with a roundabout as opposed to a light signal.
The Tribe has worked closely with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to ensure that the new roads meet all required state and federal regulations.
The 16-month interchange construction will include four phases, beginning in early 2016 and expected completion date of Q1 or Q2 2017.
- Stage I- Construct realigned frontage roads and ramps (Q1-Q2 2016)
- Stage II- Construct off-ramp and on-ramp (Q2- Q4 2016)
- Stage III- Construct ramp-tie-ins (Q4 2016)
- Stage IV- remove temporary ramps and road (remove the existing bridge); finalize infrastructure (Q1-Q2 2017)
The interchange project addresses current deficiencies in spacing and earthquake-readiness. Multi-use paths are also included in the design.