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The next step for Gateway is to come up with a proposed design, including how many slot machines and table games will be part of the complex. Staff will work with the applicant to ensure the form and size meets expectations before it’s presented at a public information meeting.

Lottery Corporation announced earlier this month that Gateway has been granted preliminary approval to relocate the Newton Community Gaming Centre in Surrey to the Delta Town & Country Inn site in Ladner. Delta CAO George Harvie said once the plan clears BCLC, a process that requires public input, it will be treated like any other development application submitted to the municipality.

The company, which operates 26 gaming facilities across Canada, including the Grand Villa in Burnaby and Starlight in New Westminster, says the Delta complex will feature an “exciting mix” of amenities, including signature food and beverage brands that will be announced in the coming weeks. It would then head to Delta council for consideration of preliminary approval before going to a public hearing.

“Our expectation, which they know, is to have a hotel there plus an entertainment area, including a number of restaurants, a small area for corporate meetings and, of course, gaming. It would have to be a complete project built all at once,” Harvie explained.

He said a public hearing could be held early next year.

Ron Toigo, who owns the Delta Town & Country Inn, said he won’t be directly involved in the new hotel or gaming facility, instead simply leasing the site to Gateway.

He said the property at the junction of highways 17A and 99 is ideal for a casino complex.

“I certainly didn’t think it would fit in the Tsawwassen area and if we would have it, the tax revenues should go to Delta.

It’s a good location because there’s not too much housing around there.

At the end of the day, it should be a win-win for the community,” Toigo said.

Local governments where gaming facilities are located receive a 10 per cent share of the net income generated.

A civic report notes that although it is too early in the process to speculate about the annual revenue Delta would receive, BCLC estimates it could be between $1.5 and $3 million. Lottery Corporation had been looking for an alternate location after initially expressing reluctance toward the Delta Town & Country Inn site for a variety of reasons, including its proximity to the River Rock.