Casino mania sweeps Kern County

  • promotional photo, Hard Rock Cafe

    promotional photo, Hard Rock Cafe

By Patric Hedlund, TME

The numbers were big and persuasive when Kern County Administrator Ryan Alsop spoke about the benefits of Kern County entering into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Tejon Indian Tribe July 23. The proposed development of a $600 million Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on 306 acres near Mettler includes a 400-room hotel, a resort style pool, rock spa and fitness facility, 13 restaurants and bars, a Hard Rock Live Concert venue, and “the largest conference center and meeting space in Kern County,” with an RV park and other amenities.

Alsop said he estimates the project will create more than 1,000 construction jobs and, once completed, 2,000 permanent jobs with a projected $60 million annual payroll.

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Planning Director Lorelei Oviatt

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