The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has stated that Hochatown, Oklahoma will be home to an entertainment and resort development. The project is a completely new concept, with a design and experience that will reflect the Choctaw people’s rich culture.
The four-story, 202,000-square-foot complex will feature 100 hotel rooms, 600 slot machines, eight table games, multiple restaurants and bars, a pool, an outdoor venue with an amphitheater, beer garden, and a family-friendly game zone, among other amenities.
In addition to the resort, a 12,000 square-foot mercantile will be built adjacent to the site, featuring a small store, quick food options, and a 24-pump gasoline station. Guests will be able to learn about Choctaw culture through the facility’s design and authentic art, as well as shop for original Choctaw art in the Mercantile.
“This development will be an economic driver not only for southeastern Oklahoma but the entire state. The project will create more than 2,000 new construction jobs and an economic impact of more than $211m during the building period,” said Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton. “We are proud to be a part of this project and look forward to providing more opportunities and financial success for our tribal members, our state, and all Oklahomans.”
“We are thrilled to add a new entertainment venue to the region that is unlike any other in the state. From parents to children, this will offer something for everyone in the family,” states Janie Dillard, Senior Executive Officer, for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “This modern entertainment venue will encompass the rich heritage of the Choctaw people and offer elevated dining, outdoor and indoor activities, plus gaming and a beautiful new hotel. I am excited for our neighbors and friends to see all that this has to offer when it opens in 2023.”
Manhattan Construction Company and JCJ Architecture are the project’s principal partners, building on a history of successful partnership. Choctaw Nation has partnered with Manhattan Construction Company and JCJ Architecture on a number of other projects, including the Choctaw Cultural Center and Choctaw Wellness Center. The Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant expansion and ongoing site upgrades were just completed by JCJ Architecture.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma plans to start construction in the spring of 2022, with a completion date in the fall of 2023. The new development will be located at the intersection of N. US Highway 259 and OK-259A, and will provide over 400 permanent hospitality jobs in the Hochatown area.