Jamul Indians announces partner to advance plans for casino

The Jamul Indian Village has announced it has partnered with developer Penn National Gaming Inc., to jointly develop a “Hollywood-branded” casino and resort. The proposed $360 million development would include a three-story gaming and entertainment facility of 200,000 square feet featuring at least 1,700 slot machines, 50 live table games, multiple restaurants, bars and lounges and a partially enclosed parking structure with over 1,900 spaces. The tribe said construction could begin later this year on its land in rural Jamul. Penn National Gaming, based in Pennsylvania, would manage the casino and resort. Lakes Entertainment Inc. previously had been working with the tribe on casino plans until last year, when it severed ties. It had reportedly advanced the tribe $57.5 million toward the project.