Architect, engineer selected for new Ponca Tribe casino

This provided map shows the location of the future Fancy Dance Casino near the intersection of Interstate 35 and U.S. 412.

Both an architect and a civil engineer have been selected for the Fancy Dance Casino set to be constructed east of Enid.

Ponca Enterprise Gaming LLC, a subsidiary of the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, has chosen Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates PC (FSB) as the architect and CP&Y Inc. as the civil engineer for the gaming entertainment facility planned near the intersection of Interstate 35 and U.S. 412.

Agreements also have been reached with Noble County Rural Water District No. 2 for water services and with Finley & Cook Accounting, according to a news release. 

It is anticipated that the first phase of the project will be completed in the coming year, and that hundreds of permanent, temporary and construction jobs will be created through the construction of the new facility, the news release states.

“Although the overall impact of the project will provide local stimuli for surrounding counties and cities, the long-term benefits to the citizens of the Ponca Tribe are the force driving the casino’s development,” said Richard Lonsinger, PEG board of directors chairman, president and CEO.

The LLC and the tribe have spent the past six months working with local government and investing in infrastructure to ensure the site has water, electric and roadway access, he said. 

“Airport Road will be paved at the tribe’s expense and emergency and safety services will be enhanced,” Lonsinger said. “The Ponca Tribe is a good partner to the city and county governments. And this endeavor will only reinforce that. The city of Perry in particular has demonstrated strong support for this project and PEG has been working closely with city government and the Perry Chamber to identify resources and ways to work together to the benefit of both parties.”

The project is supported by Global Gaming Solutions LLC and the Chickasaw Nation, both out of Ada. It is wholly owned by the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, according to the news release.

There has been recent talk of another casino within Enid.

Enid City Manager Jerald Gilbert has met with a group regarding a casino in Enid, but said "there's nothing imminent."

"There is a group working on that, yes. I think at some point, when they are ready, or they think they want to, I have invited them to come to a study session and talk about their efforts with the city commission," he said in July. "At this point, we haven't finalized a time for them to do that."

Gilbert said he does not know if the group will want to follow up and do that or not.

"I suspect that they will at some point in the future," he said.

Gilbert confirmed he thinks the group had some plans for 825 E. Garriott, the former Dexeus Oncology building, but he does not know if it was for a "casino proper."

"But, yes, I think that is part of the area that they would like to pursue," he said.

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Involved in news reporting for about 15 years, I've been with the Enid News & Eagle since 2014, when my family moved to Enid to be on the family farm.

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