Motorists will access the parking from a road to be constructed east of the casino — between the casino and the frontage road that runs parallel to U. Steps will be taken to decrease light pollution from motor vehicle headlights and lighting for the planned 950 parking spaces, said Steven Perich of the pueblo’s architectural firm of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini.
If a hotel is later added to the property, it will be built to the west of the casino.
The conceptual site plan is the most detailed project outline released so far by Tesuque Pueblo, which previously had provided a conceptual rendering of the casino.
That rendering showed a casino with contemporary architectural features, including glass walls.
The Santa Fe Opera has expressed concerns that noise and light pollution from the development could diminish the experience of people who attend the summer evening performances in the open-air theater.
Tesuque Pueblo has pledged to be a good neighbor and do what it reasonably can to address the opera’s concerns.
Tesuque Pueblo provided the conceptual site plan on the eve of a groundbreaking ceremony for the casino.
Representatives of the opera, which has said it supports the tribe’s economic development efforts, planned to attend the ceremony, an opera spokesman said.
Tesuque Pueblo last month announced the plan for the casino, which will replace its Camel Rock Casino.
The new casino will be located on land previously used for a flea market.
The casino will be about 72,500 square feet and feature about 750 slot machines, as well as table games.
The main entrance to the new casino, at least temporarily, will be located on the southeast side of the building, Perich said.