CNB to install electric car chargers at Hard Rock
CATOOSA, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s parking garage is about to get supercharged.
At its Oct. 28 meeting, the Cherokee Nation Businesses board of directors unanimously approved a ground lease with Tesla Motors to allow the California-based electric car company to install an eight-vehicle Supercharger station on the northern end of the parking garage.
The agreement is good for five years with two five-year renewal options. Tesla Motors will be responsible for the initial infrastructure installation and continued utility costs will fall to CNB.
“I don’t know what kind of utility fees we’ll be looking at,” Cherokee Nation Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Mark Fulton told the board. “However, I do know that these folks (Tesla drivers) tend to have disposable income and at minimum, they’ll be in there (the casino) for at least 45 minutes while their cars charge.”
Fulton said although there was mutual interest in adding the Supercharger station, efforts to secure Hard Rock as the only site in the Tulsa area were unsuccessful, as was a push to get a Supercharger station at Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs.
CNB officials did not have a timeline for when the installation would start or how long the process would take. Upon completion, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will have the fifth Supercharger site in Oklahoma and the state’s first east of the Interstate 35 corridor. Other charger sites are in Oklahoma City, Ardmore, Perry and Weatherford.
In other business, CNB Executive Vice President Chuck Garrett said that the first five homes in the new housing additions in both West Siloam Springs and Roland are almost finished.
Garrett said with the Oct. 28 unanimous approval of a 15-foot wide electrical easement for the Arkansas Valley Electric Co-operative, the first five Roland homes will be done within two weeks, while the West Siloam Springs houses are about 30 days out from completion. Eventually, the Roland housing addition will have 23 homes and West Siloam Springs will have 29.
Bids for the proposed housing addition at Vian are still under review.