Hard Rock Casino may be planning a new casino project west of Keshena, Wisconsin. Capitol sources reveal plans to purchase a 16-acres site for a casino west of I-94 in Bristol.
Nation | Tribe: Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin
HARD ROCK KENOSHA CASINO
PRESS RELEASE: Governor Scott Walker, January 23, 2015
After a comprehensive review of the potential economic impact of the proposed Kenosha casino project, the risk to the state's taxpayers is too great. Due to the compacts negotiated by Governor Doyle, the current cost to taxpayers of approving the proposed casino project is up to $100 million and the long-term economic hit to the state budget would be a potential loss of hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Menominee Tribe wanted to build a casino in Kenosha since the 1990s. After years of legal hurdles to obtain federal and local approvals, the tribe needed state approval from Gov. Scott Walker. If granted, the Menominee Tribe would have built a $808 million casino resort branded with the name Hard Rock Casino Kenosha.
The casino construction was planned in two phases over a total of two years.
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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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