Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What happened at the Cascades Casino bingo relocation public meeting

Last night, Langley City hosted a public meeting for people to learn about, and provide feedback on, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment’s proposal to relocate its existing bingo operation from Playtime Langley that was located at 64 Avenue and 197 Street, to the former Summit Theatre at Cascades Casino.

A handful of people turned up to the public meeting.

A view of the people who attended the public meeting. Select image to enlarge.

BCLC staff provided a brief overview of the regulatory environment for gaming in our province, and the role of local government. BCLC provides more information about the approval process on their website.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment staff presented information on the bingo relocation. They also stated that they will be renovating the current convention space to be able to accommodate up 600 people for music events. Gateway staff noted that because the convention space is located outside of the casino, it will allow for all-age events. Gateway staff noted that they believe there will be no conflict between programming the convention space for its current uses, and as a music venue. They also stated that they did a poor job of communicating the Summit Theatre to convention space transition for music events to Langley City residents.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment projects that the bingo operation will result in an additional $78,905 in proceeds to Langley City.

Slide on incremental revenue from the relocation of bingo operations to Cascades Casino. Select image to enlarge.

There were two members of the public that spoke at the meeting, both expressing concern that there would not be enough accessible parking.

As part of the approval process, the Township of Langley and City of Surrey must also provide feedback on the bingo relocation. This can take up to 30 days to receive. Once feedback is received, Langley City council will then decide if it will give approval to host the bingo operation in our community.

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