AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -- The Spokane Tribe of Indians unveiled its plans for a new casino on Thursday.

They announced they are starting with phase-one. It is the building of the new casino, restaurant, and an outside venue all on the 145-acre site along Highway 2.

They call this the STEP-project and although hopes for having this become reality has been ongoing for the past decade the Spokane Tribal Business Council has been developing these specific plans since January.

But it wasn't until June when Governor Jay Inslee approved plans for the new casino. Project leaders said the future casino is expected to create five-thousand jobs in the area. Despite the controversy surrounding the new project, development leaders said they feel as if they have garnered the right support.

"We have so many supporters of every age and all different backgrounds that supported us through this process so we're just so excited to be able to honor them and thank them for all of this support," said Spokane Tribal Business Council Chairwoman Carol Evans.

They said right now there are no plans yet as to whether or not they will put housing in the empty space once phase-one is completed.

They plan on breaking ground on that new casino by September and its projected completion date is not until 2017.