It’s been about five years in the making for the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe who on Tuesday, Nov. 14 broke ground on a new gaming facility in southern California. The Tribal Council approved term sheets for financing the casino on July 25th last year.

Bernards Bros. Construction, a California-based contractor, began construction on the nearly $40 million development located across the border from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, according to Today’s News-Herald.

The federally recognized tribe already owns and operates the Havasu Landing Resort and Casino located on the western shores of Lake Havasu at Havasu Lake, CA. The new casino will reportedly replace the existing gaming venue which is located just about a quarter mile north of the existing site. Purchased in 1974, Havasu Landing has been the tribe’s primary source of revenue.

The news agency reports that in addition to 320 gaming positions, the 25,000 square foot Havasu Landing Resort and Casino will feature a restaurant, marina and a much-needed 48-room hotel. With no hotels currently located on the Chemehuevi reservation, there have been logistical problems for families who visit and a significant number of inquiries from people who visit regarding overnight accommodations.

Bernards Bros. Construction has reportedly stated that the new development will be completed and ready for business in the spring of 2019, according to Today’s News-Herald.

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