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Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico

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The pueblo has broken ground for a seven-story, 288-room hotel adjoining its Santa Ana Star Casino - even before it completes a massive building project under way. The casino itself will expand by nearly five times and open in phases beginning in the fall of 2001. The venture includes adding a buffet restaurant, a coffee house and a steakhouse, a new bingo hall, a 36-lane bowling center, a 3,000-seat multipurpose arena, meeting space and covered parking. The hotel will include 10 golf suites twice the size of regular rooms, all on the ground floor overlooking Santa Ana Golf Club. The most recent expansion, completed last August, increased its square footage from 22,000 to 56,000. The next expansion will take it to 265,000 square feet. The casino currently employs 500. In January, Santa Ana will unveil the $80 million, 350-room Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, being built on 500 acres just north of the tribe's casino. Adjoining the motel will be a destination golf course to open next spring. The pueblo already operates the 27-hole Santa Ana Golf Club.

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