Big non-Indian card rooms under construction

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Chula Vista is going “all in” to pave the way for poker. The Village Club Card Room is getting an upgrade. Located at Broadway and Vance streets since 1946, the card room will soon be moving to Bay Boulevard.

“We’ve just simply outgrown our space,” said Nikki Jimenez, Village Club Card Room.

The card room casino and future offices will take over the former location of Souplantation and El Torito restaurants. The new building will serve up three times the space as the old.

“Our current facility is about 5,000 square feet,” said Jimenez. This new will be about 18,000 square feet and it will have a card room, bar and full restaurant.”

There is room for up to 20 tables offering Poker, Pai Gow, Baccarat and even Black Jack.

“We'll also be expanding our employee base,” said Jimenez.

Jimenez told Fox 5 the new location also means about 80 to 100 new jobs for the area.

“We’ll need people who can be the dealers, help staff and manage the restaurant and bar,” said Jimenez.

It’s a $3.7 million project that will sit on just over 3 acres of land.

“We were looking for a long for a great space that was away from neighborhoods, had the right parking situation for us,” said Jimenez.

Residents who live near the Broadway location said VC Card Room has been a good neighbor, but they were not too sad to see the Poker Room go.

“The only thing is the parking spaces, it is a little bit crowded,” said John Gorman, neighbor.

“It causes a lot of traffic and parking area is really full,” said Ed Magsino, neighbor. “If they go, it's better.”

Construction is set to be complete by January 2015.

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