Milwaukee Approves Zoning for Potawatomi Casino Hotel

The nation's largest tribal casino without a hotel, the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee, is one step closer to getting its much-coveted lodging: The Milwaukee Planning Commission has approved zoning requests by the Potawatomi community that will allow a hotel to be built on a site that previously was zoned for heavy industrial use, Milwaukee's The Business Journal reported last month.

As Successful Meetings reported in January, the planned hotel in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley industrial corridor will total 20 stories adjacent to the casino and will include approximately 382 guest rooms that generate $9.7 million in annual tax revenue. Other planned features include a full-service restaurant, lobby bar, retail store, meeting space, exercise facilities, bowling alley, spa, pool and entertainment club.

"The new hotel will strengthen the Potawatomi Bingo Casino as one of the economic engines driving the valley, and will bring to the valley and the city of Milwaukee as a whole a substantial influx of new visitors with all of its attendant economic benefits for the larger community," the Potawatomi community explained in a project description submitted to the city.

Having secured zoning approval, the Potawatomi community now must secure financing. If it does, construction is expected to begin in late spring, with a planned opening in spring 2014.