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Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011 2:06 pm | Updated: 4:52 pm, Thu Sep 15, 2011.

There is a $100 million secret at Casino Del Sol.

That secret will be revealed to the world on Nov. 11, when the new 215-room resort opens to complement the casino.

Construction on the 10-story building began nearly 18 months ago, and with crews working quickly, the certificate of occupancy should be in hand by Oct. 5.

During a media tour on Sept. 14, Mark Birtha, Casino Del Sol's president and chief development officer, said they are right on schedule, and happy to be building something major in a slowed economy.

Aimed at attracting others, such as Oro Valley and Marana residents who might want a night out without a long drive, the resort may be just the ticket.

“Our goal and objective is to bring new customers to the market, from Mexico and regionally,” Birtha said. “The objective is not to take away business, but to bring new business here.”

During the sneak peak, Birtha said the hotel will feature a new steakhouse, a lobby and lounge, and two new Starbucks’ stores, which will be a major addition to the casino, located at 5655 W. Valencia Road in Tucson.

Besides providing a resort experience for the individuals, the casino, which is owned and operated by the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe, will also offer 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space for weddings, receptions and events, including 20,000 square feet for flexible meeting and ballroom space, Birtha said.

A four-story, 1,100-car covered garage and a resort-style pool are also part of the ongoing construction.

To date, the casino has hired 70 of 300 new positions.

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