Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Santa Clara Calls Casino Plans 'Interim'.

Byline: Brendan Smith Journal Staff Writer

Move To Boost Traffic at Center

Santa Clara Pueblo's inclusion of a 12,000-square-foot casino in the renovation of Big Rock Shopping Center in Espanola is an "interim approach," with plans to build a larger casino in Arroyo Seco in two to three years, a pueblo official said Tuesday.

"The biggest problem we have now is our Big Rock Shopping Center has lost a lot of traffic," said Calvin Tafoya, business director of the Santa Clara Development Corp.

"This (renovation) came about because of the need of stabilizing the financial future of the pueblo," Tafoya said. "We have to do something to create traffic. …

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