Entrepreneur Max Baer Jr., who played Jethro in the 1960s sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” is bringing his plans for a casino to north Douglas County — this time without the flaming oil derrick that was part of a 2003 Carson City proposal.
Part of a larger commercial complex, Jethro Bodines Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino would be located near U.S. 395 on about 23 acres along the east edge of a proposed 95-acre redevelopment project, opposite Carson Valley Plaza.
“Ive lived in Douglas County since 1978 and Ive wanted to build this casino for a long time,” Baer told the local Record-Courier newspaper. “If I see an opportunity, Im going to pursue it.”
The first phase of Baers project includes a 40,000-square-foot gambling area with 800 slots and 16 tables, a showroom, cinema complex, five-story, 240-room hotel, arcade and “Grannys White Lightning Bar,” according to project spokesman Don Smit.
Variances will be required for a proposed 200-foot oil derrick — sans flames — and readerboard. Two 12-story, 240-room hotel towers and convention space are scheduled for future phases and will also need approval from Douglas County commissioners. A state gambling license also is required.
This isnt the first time Baer has tried to build his Beverly Hills Casino. He started with plans for a casino in Stateline, on Lake Tahoe’s south shore, and then sought a Reno location. In 2003, he paid $4.3 million in 2003 for a closed Wal-Mart store and parking lot in Carson City, but that move also was dropped.
In addition to longtime business partners Roger Camras and Robert Miller, Baer is partnering with John King of King Ventures in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Steven Craig, chief executive officer of Craig Realty Group in Newport Beach, Calif.