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The West Valley is making room for a new resort and casino.

The Tohono O’odham Nation is controversially moving forward with plans to build the Desert Diamond West Valley Resort near Glendale.

Developers are promising a unique, full-scale, first-class resort to rival other resort-casinos around the Valley. Upon completion, projected for 2019, the facilities at Desert Diamond West Valley will include, among other amenities, a spa, convention and meeting rooms, an event center, retail space, restaurants and bars.

The first phase of the resort, an interim casino, is on track for opening on December 20th, 2015. The facility is expected to have more than 1,000 slot and gaming machines when all is said and done.

Some Arizona legislators have opposed the construction of the new resort and casino over questions about the reservation status of the land on which the facility is being built and the class of gaming license being sought for the casino.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Tohono O’odham Nation, however, giving the tribe the go-ahead to build Desert Diamond in the West Valley.

The Nation says construction of the multi-million dollar facility will create thousands of construction jobs and that more than 3,000 permanent jobs will be created for day-to-day operations once the resort opens near 91st Ave. and Northern Ave.

Approximately 40 separate construction companies are said to be involved in the construction process – 85 percent of which have offices in the Phoenix metro area.

The Desert Diamond West Valley Resort will join a growing list of casino-resorts owned and operated by Native American tribes around the Valley.

Here are some other popular Valley-area resorts that offer gaming options:

Talking Stick Resort

Located in Scottsdale, this premier Four Diamond resort has more than 240,000 square feet of accommodations, a spa and 2 golf courses – as well as more than 700 slots and live poker, blackjack and keno tables. Talking Stick’s Showroom also offers Las Vegas-style entertainment and its Degree 270 is one of the hottest nightclubs in Scottsdale.

Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale

Fort McDowell Resort & Casino

Home to the adjacent luxury We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center, this 4-Diamond facility also offers a number of fine dining options, spa services, beautiful views of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, golf and Wild West experiences at Fort McDowell Adventures. The casino includes active lounges and a variety of slot machines and table games. It is located on Route 67 (the Beeline Highway) just east of Fountain Hills near Scottsdale.

Fort McDowell Resort & Casino, 10424 N. Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell
We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, 10438 N Fort McDowell Road, Scottsdale

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

This sprawling spa resort and casino is frequently ranked among the best luxury hotels in the Phoenix area and its casino has repeated the title of Best Casino in the Valley. With more than 1,000 slot machines and over 70 game tables, it is the largest casino in East Valley. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is designed to be an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian heritage and culture and offers a variety of fine-dining and casual dining options, golf, spa facilities and more amid its modern rooms and suites.

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino

Overlooking the rugged terrain of the Valley’s South Mountain, this upscale boutique hotel and casino offers a number of modern amenities and conveniences alongside gaming, dining, regular entertainment, bars and restaurants.

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, 15091 Komatke Lane, Laveen Village

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Resort

More than 300 luxury rooms welcome guests at this popular resort and gaming facility that offers casino favorites such as live action poker, keno, bingo and blackjack. Harrah’s also features several dining venues, bars and lounges and live entertainment.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Resort, 15406 Maricopa Road, Maricopa

– Suzanne Wilson, Phoenix.org