Nation | Tribe: Seminole Tribe of Florida
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is partnering with Hard Rock International in a second effort to build a casino and entertainment complex in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A previous $800-million proposal was rejected by Gov. Scott in 2015. The new project is scaled down and includes a Hard Rock casino, hotel, concert venue, and Hard Rock Cafe. The proposed building site is 60 acres west of I-94 and north of Highway 50.
The Menominee Indian Tribe announced a new partnership with Hard Rock International on July 20, 2022 to build a Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The location is 60 acres in the Village of Bristol that were purchased by Hard Rock the previous week.
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This is the second attempt by these partners to build a casino in Kenosha. The first effort was rejected by Gov. Scott Walker in 2015 after receiving approvals from the federal, county and city governments.
The Menominee Indian Tribe and Hard Rock International propose building a casino, hotel and entertainment destination in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The future site will be 60 acres west of I-94. No other information has been disclosed.
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Nation | Tribe: Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin
The Menominee Tribe has wanted to build a casino in Kenosha since the 1990s. In 2013 the tribe partnered with Hard Rock to build a $800 million casino resort branded with the name Hard Rock Casino Kenosha.
After years of legal hurdles to obtain federal and local approvals, the tribe only needed state approval from Gov. Scott Walker to proceed with the project. Gov. Walker rejected the casino plan on Jan. 23, 2015.
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The Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin and Hard Rock developed the following plan for a Kenosha casino:
July 23, 2022
The Menominee Indian Tribe announced Wednesday it is partnering with Hard Rock again on a new effort to build a casino and entertainment complex in Kenosha County. The project includes a casino, hotel, Hard Rock Live concert center, and a Hard Rock Cafe. The location will be a 60-acre site in the village of Bristol that were purchased last week by Hard Rock for $15 million.
Tribe chairman Ronald J. Corn confirmed the partnership with Hard Rock and added:
"Much has changed since our 2015 effort, but the needs of our tribe and its members have continued and in some cases grown more acute. We need to make greater investments in health care for our children and elders; we need to make more investments in educating our young people; and we need to do more to reduce the high levels of poverty, hunger, and unemployment on our reservation. A casino and entertainment center in the City of Kenosha is the best path for our tribe to obtain the resources to help achieve those important goals."
- Ronald J. Corn, Menominee Tribal Chairman
July 19, 2022
Speculation of a new casino project emerged last week when the Village of Bristol sold 60 acres of land to a company with the same Florida address as the Seminole Tribe of Florida, owners of Hard Rock International. The land is west of I-94 and north of Highway 50.
In 2013 the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin partnered with the Seminole Tribe to build an $800 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Kenosha. That plan was rejected by Gov. Scott Walker.
If this is a new casino project emerging in the Kenosha area, Hard Rock may be partnering again with the Menominee Tribe. Wisconsin law requires casinos to be owned by Wisconsin tribes.
More information about the casino plan may be coming soon.
May 30, 2022
Hard Rock is resurrecting plans to build a casino near Kenosha according to a report last week by Empower Wisconsin. The new location would be a 16-acre site west of I-94 in Bristol, Wisconsin.
In 2013 Hard Rock proposed building a $800 million hotel and casino at the Dairyland Greyhound Park. The project was a partnership between Menominee Nation and Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. In 2015 the plan was rejected by then-Gov. Scott Walker.
According to Empower Wisconsin, Capitol sources have confirmed a new casino effort is underway to purchase the 16-acre property located 15 miles west of Kenosha. The size of the project would be substantially smaller than the $800 million casino hotel proposed in 2013. Details are not available.
Bristol officials say they have no information about a casino plan in their area.
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