$600 Million resort, casino in West Valley meeting opposition

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Casino meeting opposition

GLENDALE - A controversial casino is in the works for the West Valley.

The Tohono O'odham nation wants to build the casino on land right next to the University of Phoenix Stadium.

It's just a dirt filled lot right now, but if the Tohono O'odham nation gets their way, this will be the site of a $600 million resort and casino.

It will be built on 134 acres near 91st Avenue and Northern and will sit adjacent to Peoria and Glendale.

The Tolono O'odham nation owns the land, but they are requesting that the federal government declare the area a reservation so they can begin construction.

The project will create 6,000 construction jobs and more than three-thousand permanent jobs.

It's also estimated that the casino will attract more than one-point-two million visitors every year.

Despite the job growth and the extra attention to the West Valley, the city of Glendale is against the planned casino.

Gary Husk is working with the city of Glendale. He said the city is opposed to the idea because it doesn't fit into the city's plan.

The casino would be built just a few blocks from the University of Phoenix Stadium and Westgate, plus its right across the street from a high school.

Opinions of those in the Glendale area were mixed.

The property also sits up against the Peoria city line. Peoria's mayor has a much different opinion that Glendale's because of the thousands of jobs and potential tax revenue he called this an economic stimulus package for the West Valley.