Breaking Ground on an Innovative Commercial Center
Construction is underway at San Manuel Landing, a Class A supply and logistics center in San Bernardino County, California administered by The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
The project’s ground-breaking ceremony on the 50-acre site of the former Norton Air Force Base marked the beginning of a significant planned regeneration of the San Manuel Reservation.
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 US $6 million in direct financial impact to the region through the payment of impact fees and permits and approximately US $1 million annually in property taxes.
Designed to meet both CALGreen Certifications and Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) specifications, the 1.1 million SF 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.
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.
Addressing the guests, San Manuel Chairman, Ken Ramirez, said: “Today we are walking in the footprints of our ancestors. 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 San Bernardino International Airport Authority Executive Director, Mike Burrows. Mayor Valdivia thanked the Tribe for its contribution to charitable causes in San Bernardino and celebrated the city’s strong relationship with San Manuel. Executive Director Burrows detailed a vision for the revitalization of the former Norton Air Force Base.
About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians:
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the City of Highland, California. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel Reservation was established in 1891 when the Tribe was recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community, the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stems from its relationship with the land and all who share it. Since ancient times, the Tribe have expressed itself through a culture of giving. Today, San Manuel is able to answer the call of ‘Yawa’ (a Serrano word meaning “to act on one’s beliefs”) through partnerships with charitable organizations. San Manuel has drawn upon its history, knowledge, expertise and cultural values to direct its philanthropic giving to the local region and Native American causes across the United States.
For more information, visit http://www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov.