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San Manuel to build new hotel, event venue, parking structure next to Highland casino

By in Press Enterprise on November 7, 2017

By Brian Whitehead

San Manuel Casino will soon have new neighbors.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians on Tuesday, Nov. 7, announced plans to build a 500-room hotel, a 4,000-seat entertainment venue and a 2,200-stall parking structure on 795,000 square feet of property adjacent to the existing casino.

Tribe officials did not provide any projected costs for the project, as it is still in the environmental and preliminary design phase.

Construction could begin as early as next year with a completion date in 2020.

The two-year project is expected to create approximately 1,400 construction jobs, San Manuel officials said. About 1,200 will be hired to work at the new sites.

“This is an opportunity for the Tribe to continue to remain vibrant in this market space,” San Manuel CEO Jerry Paresa said. “It’s a win-win for the community. Not a lot of investment is going on in San Bernardino, and we have the opportunity to move the needle.

“We’re really excited about the opportunity.”

The yet-to-be-named hotel will have between 15 and 17 floors, officials said. Also, a resort-style spa and pool, high-end restaurants and retail space. Some 55,000 square feet is being carved out for expanded gaming.

A new performance venue will offer an alternative to San Bernardino’s National Orange Show Events Center and Devore’s Glen Helen Amphitheater.

San Manuel previously used its old bingo hall for entertainment.

“San Manuel has been such a wonderful community partner over the many, many years they’ve been here,” said Deborah Barmack, president of the nonprofit InlandAction, a coalition of local businesses and entities dedicated to bettering the community. “We’ve been waiting for the day that we would have an entertainment venue, and especially a big, beautiful hotel, in this portion of our county.

“This investment does not come along every day.”

With the announcement, San Manuel began a public review process; county residents have […]    

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