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Treasure Island begins $86 million expansion

An expansion to Treasure Island Resort & Casino will add two towers and 300 hotel rooms in early 2017, as well as a renovated front desk, new restaurant and an expansion to the Lagoon Water Park. A ground-breaking on the $86 million project was held July 12. (photo graphic courtesy Treasure Island Resort & Casino)

Treasure Island Resort & Casino broke ground Tuesday on an $86 million expansion that will add two towers and some 300 hotel rooms.

The additional accommodations — 240 standard rooms and around 60 suites — will meet the high demand for hotel rooms over the past several years, according to a news release by the Prairie Island Indian Community.

The eight-story and seven-story towers, which will connect to the current Eagle Tower, will feature upgraded furnishing and amenities such as walk-in showers. Together they will add approximately 184,000 square feet to the hotel.

The project also includes expansion to the Lagoon Water Park, lobby renovations and a new restaurant and bar above the Island Xtreme Bowling Center, the news release states.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to be finished in early 2017. The existing Buffalo Tower will then be remodeled in 2018 to match the new amenities.

The expansion follows the opening of the $19 million Lagoon Water Park and Wave Spa in February.

The Prairie Island Indian Community said the project will create upwards of 200 construction jobs, as well as approximately 150 news positions, bringing the total workforce to 1,750.

Knutson Construction, which was involved in the original construction of the hotel in 1996 as well as several expansions, will provide design-build services.

Treasure Island Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Prairie Island Indian Community.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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