TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – On Tuesday, the Indian Gambling Commission cleared the construction of the Terre Haute casino to finally begin.

Once built, Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett says the casino will have both short-term and long-term benefits for the city.

“I think it’s a tremendous brand … it will attract people. You will see this. You know how to do it right. You know it will be a top notch facility,” said Mayor Bennett.

According to Hard Rock, the Terre Haute Casino will look similar to the one that just opened in Gary, Indiana … just on a small scale.

The project will create up to 1,300 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs. Hard Rock says it will use local labor as much as possible.

“We will continue to operate this facility in order to maintain and develop local partnerships and local suppliers to provide services and products for us. That is an obligation we as a company have when we go to local communities.” Jon Lucas, the COO of Hard Rock, said.

When it opens, Terre Haute will be Hard Rock’s 14th casino to open.