Jamul Indian Village and partner, Penn National Gaming announced that last week they had placed the final steel beam atop the much anticipated Hollywood Casino Jamul, about 20 miles east of San Diego. The $360 million development had struggled through legal proceedings for about 15 years before construction was started in earnest – then delayed in court again – last year. On the 15th of May, U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller gave the partners a green light to proceed, so the topping off ceremony was a special achievement.

“This marks another milestone in the development of our gaming facility and path to economic independence,” said Erica Pinto, Chairperson of Jamul Indian Village. “We are proud that this project has already employed hundreds of San Diego County construction workers and will continue to do so until our expected opening next year.”

The casino facility will span about 200,000 square feet and include a below ground, 8-story parking garage. Gaming offers include over 1,700 slots and video poker machines and about 50 gaming tables. Dining and entertainment will include an upscale steak and seafood restuarant, a noodle bar offering a variety of contemporary Asian dishes, a posh lounge and upscale sports bar, a roof-top beer garden with live music and views for miles all around, and a food court with at least 4 vendors.

The casino plans to use local ingredients whenever possible, as well as local entertainers to highlight East County and drive business in the region.

Hollywood Casino Jamul is expected to open in mid 2016.