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Rohnert Park casino reaches key milestone

ROHNERT PARK — The massive $800 million Graton Resort and Casino today reached a key phase in construction, as hundreds of workers and officials involved in the project celebrated a "topping out" ceremony.

A crane hoisted a 75-foot-long, six-ton steel beam into position near the future entrance to the structure as part of the ceremony, signifying completion and commencement to the next phase of construction.

Graton Resort And Casino Construction


The event was attended by backers of the project, including labor union leaders and Las Vegas-based Station Casinos. The latter will manage the property for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which received approval to build the casino and hotel last May and began major construction in August. The project broke ground last June.

Members of the tribe didn't attend the ceremony.

"This is an enormous undertaking that will be one of the signature projects of Sonoma County," said Jeff Janakus, who is overseeing construction of the casino as vice president of design and construction for Station Casinos.

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