In a joint announcement, the Hard Rock International and the Tejon Indian tribe have revealed the plans for a casino hotel in South Kern County, California.
The long-awaited project would be developed on the north side of Highway 166 between I-5 and Highway 99. The cost of the entire project is expected to be around $600 million. While the plan has been revealed, an opening date is yet to be announced.
Octavio Escobedo, Tejon Tribe chairman, said: “The Tejon Indian Tribe has a proud history in Kern County. We welcome this partnership with Hard Rock International, one of the world’s most widely recognized brands, as an important step for our Tribe and know that this project will be a great economic driver.
“It will bring positive benefits for our tribal citizens as well as for the Kern County community for decades to come. Good paying jobs and career opportunities translate into better healthcare, education and economic independence.”
Commenting on the latest announcement Jim Allen, chairman, and CEO of Hard Rock International said: “Hard Rock International is excited to partner with the Tejon Indian Tribe, assisting in the achievement of their long-term goal. We look forward to building a first-class project with the Tejon Indian Tribe that equals our hotel and casino projects across the world.”
The entire project will be developed on a 306-acre plot. The property would be taken into trust by the federal government on behalf of the Tejon tribe.
According to the development plan, 52 acres would be used to develop a hotel and casino while on 22 acres an RV park will be developed.
The joint announcement also mentions the employment opportunities it will create. The project will create over 1,000 construction jobs and over 2,000 full-time jobs upon completion.