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Brent Hughes Hughes: “In addition to the intricacies of building on tribal land, it’s also helpful to be aware of and incorporate any cultural preferences or priorities into a casino project.”

SAN DIEGO—When developing casino projects, there are unique challenges and features to building on tribal land, where the federal government holds title to the land on behalf of the tribe and is legally obligated to protect tribal treaty rights, assets and resources, C.W. Driver Cos. project executive Brent Hughes tells GlobeSt.com. The builder has significant experience in working on casino projects and recent broke ground on a replacement casino and hotel project for the Soboba Tribe in San Jacinto, CA.

The 474,000-square-foot resort development will be built on 37.5 acres of land and includes 2,000 slot machines, 24 table games, a 200-room hotel, six food outlets and a pool. The groundbreaking came to fruition after 22 years of challenges, legal battles and negotiations surrounding the project. In addition, sustainability measures, including a green rooftop on the parking garage, are incorporated throughout the project.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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