MEDFORD, Ore. – The Coquille Indian Tribe is making big plans for south Medford, saying their current businesses aren’t sustaining their needs. Many are also questioning the impact of the casino on the community.
The building that used to be Kim’s Chinese Restaurant, somewhat of an iconic place that’s been in Medford for years, is on its way out. The Coquille Tribe bought the property and plans to erase the vacant building to use for parking in a casino.
The tribe also bought the bowling alley next door, Roxy Ann Lanes. It will continue to be operated by the original owners, but only until the tribe’s trust becomes effective, which will be about a two-year process. The Bear Creek Golf Course will also continue to be operated as usual and won’t change as a result of the tribe’s purchase, even after the construction begins.
The Tribe’s Restoration Act states that Jackson County is part of their service area, so the tribe can administratively gain the land as a reservation by trust. The tribe hopes to apply for the trust in the next few weeks. The tribe chief said they plan to turn the bowling alley into a gaming facility after the trust is secured.