COOS BAY, Ore. - Development of a destination retail and lodging complex at the Hollering Place is one step closer to becoming a reality.
"I'm really excited that we're now moving forward on a project that could eventually bring some jobs, bring some economic development to Empire which really needs it," said Bob Garcia, chairman of the tribal council for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.
"Anytime that we have development of this magnitude happening on our city, we're really excited," said Mayor Crystal Shoji, "and this is especially nice at Empire City where we celebrate history and the future."
"This is not a Motel 5 project," Garcia said. "This is a project that has a story to tell, and that story is about the tribe, that story is about the county, that story is about Empire - so I think it's a very important story to tell."
The tribe still has a lot of details left to work out, but construction on the project could start as early as 2016