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    Default Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    October 23, 2009


    Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    Associated Press
    GARY, Ind. -- Gary officials hope an announcement in Las Vegas next week means good news for the city's efforts to create a museum honoring native son Michael Jackson.
    Mayor Rudy Clay says he'll attend a news conference planned for Wednesday but won't provide details. Las Vegas promoter Simon Sahouri says a plan to honor Jackson and his family in their hometown could be announced.

    The Jackson family got its start in Gary, but efforts to create a museum and performing arts center have stalled for years. Interest picked up after Jackson's death June 25 as people from around the world traveled to see the small home where he grew up.
    City consultant Linda Key says Gary could reap a "phenomenal" benefit from a museum and become a tourist destination for Jackson fans.
    http://www.indystar.com/article/2009...Jackson+museum
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    Default Re: Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    I think it would be great to have a Jackson museum there.

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    Default Re: Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    Where? In Vegas?

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    God I hope not. I would hate the thougt of having to travel to grimy Gary just to go the Jackson museum. I would much rather visit one in a place like Las Vegas or Los Angeles. That would give people more options and incentives to go there! Gary? Yuk!
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    Default Re: Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    the same gary that covered up the michael jackson's name at a school during 2003 trial?

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    Default Re: Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    Quote Originally Posted by mjjfan4ever View Post
    the same gary that covered up the michael jackson's name at a school during 2003 trial?

    the school isnt in gary indiana. its in california, near to LA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glanni View Post
    the school isnt in gary indiana. its in california, near to LA.
    are you sure?

    if that is the case....... i will go to gary

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    Default Re: Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    Gary is really not that bad guys lol

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    Default Re: Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    Gary no way!!! It has to be in LA or Las Vegas!

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    Default Re: Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    It seems that plans for a Jacksons's museum may be back 'on'.

    I'm in two minds about this, as casinos are maybe fine for holiday resorts like Vegas, but can be less good for poor populations, where people may be tempted to gamble money they can't afford, to improve their lives. (Hint: The casino always wins - well ,maybe except if it was owned by a certain President)

    This from 'Jackson Source', January 2020:

    The Jacksons are working with Hardrock casino's developers to establish a museum and cafe devoted to the Jackson legacy, so they will be back in Gary more often.
    https://www.jackson-source.com/news/...medium=twitter


    Note: There have been other previous attempts over the years to get a Jacksons museum going in Gary:

    https://www.mjjcommunity.com/forum/t...on+museum+Gary

    https://www.mjjcommunity.com/forum/t...on+museum+Gary
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    Default Re: Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    This seems to be relevant:

    Hard Rock Clears Spectacle Entertainment in Land Deal, $300M Gary, Indiana Casino is a ‘Go’

    Hard Rock issued a statement to Casino.org on Monday saying its compliance committee “found that there was no impropriety on behalf of Spectacle” regarding property deals on land for the planned casino off the Frank Borman Expressway. That location is roughly five miles from the Lake Michigan port that’s home to two Majestic Star riverboats currently owned by Spectacle Entertainment.

    On Sept. 5, Hard Rock announced its compliance committee would perform due diligence after a series of articles by The Times of Northwest Indiana brought to light concerns about several properties purchased at Lake County tax sales.

    The auctions allow the county to sell-off land it seizes when owners fail to pay property taxes. In at least one instance, a man purchased property at a tax sale that was seized from his father, who was looking to sell the land to Spectacle.

    On Aug. 28, the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) approved Spectacle’s plan to relocate its casino from the two riverboats and build a 225,000-square-foot casino that Hard Rock would operate. In addition, the venue would include a 2,000-seat concert hall.

    The second stage of the project would involve a 200-room hotel.


    The Hard Rock casino should employ about 1,600, an increase of around 650 from the current workforce at the Majestic Star boats. The hotel project would add another 200 jobs.

    At the IGC meeting, Spectacle’s vice president and general counsel John Keeler said his company and Hard Rock International had signed a letter of intent, with plans to formally sign the partnership agreement by mid-September.

    However, that was before Hard Rock brought its compliance committee in to review the project.

    The casino and concert hall could be ready by the end of 2020. No announcement has been made regarding when construction would start.

    Financial Details
    The IGC’s approval is contingent on Spectacle paying a $20 million relocation fee in five annual installments of $4 million.

    In addition, earlier this month the Gary Common Council approved a new local arrangement between Spectacle and the city. As part of the revised deal, the city will receive 3 percent of Hard Rock’s adjusted gross casino receipts, as well as three percent of the adjusted revenue from the mobile sports betting applications tied to the casino.

    Spectacle also agreed to give back the second Majestic Star license to the state, which has earmarked it for another land-based casino in Terre Haute.

    Gary will also receive proceeds from a planned Terre Haute casino if Spectacle and Hard Rock win the license for that venue. Voters in Vigo County will go to the polls next week to decide in a referendum whether they want a casino in the central Indiana city near the Illinois border.

    If the referendum passes, the IGC will accept proposals for the casino through Dec. 1.

    https://www.casino.org/news/hard-roc...asino-is-a-go/

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    and previously:

    Indiana Majestic Star Casino to Become Hard Rock Gary Through $400M Partnership

    Four months after the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) approved the sale of the Majestic Star Casino in Gary to Spectacle Entertainment, the new owners made a big announcement. Over the weekend, the company announced a $400 million partnership with Hard Rock International to rebrand the northwest Indiana casino as Spectacle moves it from two boats on Lake Michigan to an inland location.

    It also comes after the Indiana General Assembly passed an expanded gaming law in April allowing the casino’s move. As a result, the new Hard Rock Gary casino will operate under one license instead of two. However, the new casino just outside Chicago will be much larger.

    The Hard Rock Casino will have up to 2,764 gaming positions, according to a news release. The Majestic Star’s boats currently combine to hold 1,620 slot machines and 63 table games. Horseshoe Hammond, Indiana’s largest casino and located about six miles west of Gary, features 2,173 slots and 150 table games.

    The release did not mention a hotel as part of the project. However, it noted the project would include a Hard Rock Café, a Hard Rock Live concert venue, and several other restaurants and bars on a more than 40-acre plot less than a half hour away from Chicago. Spectacle will also pay a $20 million relocation fee to the state.

    The project is expected to create more than 1,000 construction jobs and about 2,000 casino jobs.

    “We’re confident this $400 million investment will serve as a significant catalyst for the continued economic revitalization of northwest Indiana and the City of Gary,” Spectacle Entertainment CEO Rod Ratcliff said in the release.

    Company officials told the IGC back in March they hope to open the land-based casino by 2022.

    Targeting Terre Haute
    Spectacle’s plans with Hard Rock do not end, necessarily, in Gary.

    The two companies also plan to compete for a casino in Terre Haute, Ind., according to the release. The same law that allowed Spectacle to move inland also allowed Terre Haute to receive the second Majestic Star license.

    However, it’s not guaranteed Spectacle would retain that license. First, the measure must pass a countywide referendum in November. Then, the gaming commission would seek bids for the new casino.

    Still, Spectacle has had its eye on the central Indiana town near the Illinois border since at least March. Company officials talked about possibly expanding to Terre Haute when the IGC approved the acquisition.

    While the legislature had not yet determined how it would handle the second Majestic Star license in March – a point Ratcliff acknowledged to the commission during his discussion with them – Spectacle representatives frequently mentioned Terre Haute businessman Greg Gibson’s involvement in the project.

    (Gibson) thinks it’s a game changer for Terre Haute in a lot of ways, because of the market, the void in the market from… Illinois, that it pulls in there, and it’s… the jobs,” Ratcliff told the IGC in March. “The jobs are big for them over there. You know, that’s one of the things he talks about a lot.”

    Ratcliff also mentioned the initiative had the support of Terre Haute officials as well.

    In the press release, Gibson said the Terre Haute casino would create 500 jobs in the community.

    After Indiana approved its gaming bill this year, Illinois lawmakers approved one as well that will set up competitors to Terre Haute and Indiana’s northwest casinos on the other side of the border.

    https://www.casino.org/news/indiana-...-to-400m-deal/

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    Many Hopeful For Hard Rock Casino In Gary, But Some Say Promised Path Isn’t New

    ......Yet 24 years ago, similar hopes were voiced by now-president, and then-businessman, Donald Trump. He opened a Gary casino and hotel, which he sold to Majestic in 2005.

    Trump bailed before fulfilling a promise to rehab Gary’s Sheraton Hotel, which current Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson later had torn down.

    “In my harshest estimation, he made his comeback on the backs of Gary residents,” Freeman Wilson said of Trump.

    When asked if it concerned him that Trump’s plans for Gary did not come to fruition, Keeler said, “I wouldn’t want to speak ill of the president.”

    https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/07...path-isnt-new/
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    Quote Originally Posted by myosotis View Post
    It seems that plans for a Jacksons's museum may be back 'on'.

    I'm in two minds about this, as casinos are maybe fine for holiday resorts like Vegas, but can be less good for poor populations, where people may be tempted to gamble money they can't afford, to improve their lives. (Hint: The casino always wins - well ,maybe except if it was owned by a certain President)

    This from 'Jackson Source', January 2020:



    https://www.jackson-source.com/news/...medium=twitter


    Note: There have been other previous attempts over the years to get a Jacksons museum going in Gary:

    https://www.mjjcommunity.com/forum/t...on+museum+Gary

    https://www.mjjcommunity.com/forum/t...on+museum+Gary
    That's good to hear. I hope it comes true. Michael and his brothers needs a museum. it been talk about for ages. you got the Motown museum but you don't have anything after them leaving Motown.

    I wish them the best for this. I agree with the casino thing. i'm not one for that. they might can put something else there or do something else with it then a casino.



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    Default Re: Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    I'm not holding my breath.. they can't even put the monument back up in front of the freaking house... let alone a "museum "?? The HARD ROCK CAFE IN HOLLYWOOD HAS A MJ HAT AND 2 PICTURES OF MJ INSIDE..

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanvezina8980 View Post
    I'm not holding my breath.. they can't even put the monument back up in front of the freaking house... let alone a "museum "??
    Whatever happen to the monument anyway?



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    Default Re: Gary closer to Michael Jackson museum?

    abc Chicago news report today:

    Jackson family brothers returns to Gary for $3M Hard Rock Casino groundbreaking

    https://abc7chicago.com/5830360/
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