Kenosha City Council Gives Green Light to Tribal Casino Plans

The Kenosha City Council has voted in favor of an agreement between the state of Wisconsin and the Menominee Tribe’s gaming authority, paving the way for the development of a new casino in Kenosha county. The $360 million hotel and casino project, proposed by the Menominee Tribe and the Hard Rock International, has been approved by the Council on an 11-6 vote, marking a significant milestone for the partners.

The proposal focuses on developing a casino, hotel, restaurant, and entertainment venue on 60 acres of land near Interstate 94. The meeting, which lasted more than three hours and was attended by a large number of citizens, cleared the way for the project to enter further legal procedures and eventually be implemented.

Alderperson Daniel Prozanski expressed support for the proposal, stating that it is a privately funded operation and a “big deal.” The proposal also garnered support from Alderperson Anthony Kennedy, who emphasized the need to maintain or improve the quality of life for constituents.

The proponents of the casino proposal found it compelling enough to be supported, with Mayor John Antaramian stating that he believes the project will have a positive impact on the community in the long term.

The Menominee Tribe’s gaming authority has partnered with Hard Rock International to propose the $360 million hotel and casino complex, which is expected to generate between $250 million and $295 million in annual revenues. The project aims to bring 3% of net revenues to the community through a customized payment scheme, with payments ranging from $100,000 to $2.5 million to fund community programs and the development of public infrastructure.

The casino development is expected to create 800 construction jobs over a two-year period and around 1,000 permanent jobs once the resort is launched. The next step for the project is a review of the compact agreement with the tribe by the County Board of Supervisors on 16 January 2024.