San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Breaks Ground on Innovative Commercial Center

San Manuel Landing Groundbreaking
L to R: San Manuel Business Committee Member Edward Duro, San Manuel Business Committee Member Karina Torres, San Manuel Treasurer Latisha Casas, San Manuel Vice Chairman Johnny Hernandez, Jr., San Manuel Tribal Citizen Trevor Mathews, San Manuel Secretary Audrey Martinez, San Manuel Chairman Ken Ramirez, San Bernardino Mayor John Valdivia, Inland Valley Development Agency Deputy Director Michael Burrows, and San Manuel Chief Executive Officer Laurens Vosloo

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians was recently joined by civic leaders and community partners to break ground on San Manuel Landing – a state-of-the art commercial center, supply and logistics facility that will further the tribe’s commitment to long-term investment in the economic development of the region. The ceremony was held at the former Norton Air Force Base, where the new facility will be built.

San Manuel Landing is one of the tribe’s latest investments in urban renewal and community revitalization. In addition to creating construction jobs and permanent jobs, the development will add an estimated $6 million in direct financial impact to the region through the payment of impact fees and permits and approximately $1 million per year in property taxes. Designed to meet both CALGreen Certifications and Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) specifications, the 1.1 million sq. ft. complex is thoughtfully designed, incorporating a greenway park heralded by the iconic Norton Air Force Base water tower at its entrance with extensive landscaping throughout. The center will use innovative “green” technology, including solar energy, accommodations for electric truck and vehicle charging, and an onsite truck staging area. An art mural on a prominent wall of the Landing will illustrate the inter-connected history shared by the tribe and the former Norton site.

Chairman Ken Ramirez
Center: Chairman Ken Ramirez

San Manuel Bird Singers opened the ceremony with ancestral songs native to the region. San Manuel Chairman Ken Ramirez spoke to guests about the history of the land where San Manuel Landing is being constructed and how it is part of a rich tradition of trade forged by the Serrano people. He also noted the long-standing connection of San Manuel tribal community members and the now closed Norton Air Force Base. The Chairman emphasized the desire of the tribe to continue driving economic development for the Inland Empire with a focus on collaboration with governmental and community partners.

“Today we are walking in the footprints of our ancestors,” said San Manuel Chairman Ken Ramirez. “The interstate system is built along the same trails that our ancestors forged during their travels and we are continuing their journey by establishing San Manuel Landing.”

Among the invited guests at the ceremony were San Bernardino Mayor John Valdivia, and Mike Burrows, International Airport Authority Executive Director for San Bernadino. Mayor Valdivia thanked the tribe for its contribution to charitable causes in San Bernardino and celebrated the city’s strong relationship with San Manuel. Burrows detailed a vision for the revitalization of the former Norton Air Force Base.