A Native American tribe planning to build a Las Vegas-style casino about 50 miles north of San Francisco will take on the full cost of widening the access road to its casino resort.
Rohnert Park City Manager Gabe Gonzalez says under a tentative agreement with the city and county, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria will pay $10 million to widen the road to the planned Sonoma County casino.
The tribe purchased a 254-acre property to build a 3,000-slot-machine, 317,750-square-foot casino, which is expected to open in 2013.
The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports that the tribe secured $850 million in financing last month.
Some Sonoma County residents have filed a lawsuit in state court to block the casino's construction. The Rohnert Park Council will take up the agreement Tuesday.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.