Inside Indiana Business
SOUTH BEND – Construction on a 23-story hotel in South Bend is continuing, after being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of construction workers.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi is building the 317-room hotel adjacent to the Four Winds Casino. The tribe first announced the project in September 2019.
“COVID messed up the construction timelines plus the cost to be quite honest with you. And the shortage of labor. It pushed us back many months,” said former Pokagon Tribal Council Chairman Matt Wesaw in an interview with Inside INdiana Business.
When the project was first announced, the Potawatomi expected two years to complete the project, but now it appears it will take three. The South Bend Tribune reports construction was paused in March 2020 because of the pandemic.
“We’re up to about 15 floors right now. They’re pouring a floor a week. So, it is going up quick,” said Wesaw.
The project includes the addition of 40,000-square feet of gaming space. The Pokagon say the addition was needed, especially since the casino recently received approval for Class III gaming.
Wesaw says the casino removed upwards of 400 Class II machines to make room for the new gaming tables. But with the additional space, he says they’ll be able to bring those games back. They expect to complete the gaming space expansion in the first quarter of 2022.