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After years of planning and months of construction, the latest example of the Sycuan Tribe's business diversification efforts is bearing fruit. The Marina Gateway Project on the scenic National City waterfront is open for business.

A state-of-the-art hotel with 173 rooms operated by CHM as a three-star Best Western is already bustling with activity. Complete with Wi-Fi, conference meeting space, beautiful pool and spa, and 15 different room types and 25 suites, this hotel sets a new standard for luxury and convenience in South Bay.

Next door, a two-story 16,000-square-foot commercial building is available, with much already under contract for lease. The prime location offers easy access to Interstate 5 with incredible views of the marsh and bay and is freeway visible for signage. The craftsman style, elevator-served building will fit the bill for a variety of potential tenants.

Last but not least, Busters Beach House Restaurant is serving up American comfort food loaded with spices and marinades such as ginger, jasmine, sesame, soy, citrus, Hawaiian chutney and Hoisin Sauce. Every dish is created with a unique and flavorful style. Entrees range from juicy hamburgers and surfboard-shaped pizzas to Wok-Seared Scallops, Hawaiian Pork Luau and Jamaican Jerk Chicken. It has already become a popular hangout in the South Bay.

The restaurant, with 4,000 square feet inside and more than 1,000 square feet on the outside patio, is operated by Aloha Restaurants. Aloha already owns and manages Buster's Beach House Grill & Longboard Bar in Seaport Village, along with other popular eateries such as Dockside Grill Restaurant, Jolley Roger Restaurant and Monterey Bay Canners Restaurant.

Marina Gateway Development Company LLC, a subsidiary of Sycuan Tribal Development Corp. (STDC), purchased the site at Bay Marina Drive and Interstate 5 in January 2008. The site holds particular significance for all Kumeyaay tribes, as it was an important location for use during travel between the coast and mountains for thousands of years, particularly along the Sweetwater River. Numerous cultural and archeological remains have been found, documenting continued use by native Kumeyaay.

With the help of many, including STDC business partners IWF Marina Gateway Hotel LP and MRW Group, the city of National City and others, this will become a new destination for visitors and locals alike. Construction of the $35 million project created over 1,000 jobs. With construction complete, more than 200 permanent jobs have been created. In addition, the fiscal impact is an estimated minimum of $200,000 in property taxes and at least $500,000 in TOT and sales taxes for the city. It will be a tremendous boost for the local area's economy during this difficult national economic downturn. It's just one more example of how Sycuan is making a positive impact throughout the region.

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