Labor Day Marks Start of Atlantic City Seasonal Employee Layoffs

Atlantic City will see layoffs of seasonal employees start after Labor Day, with the nine hotel and casino properties in the resort also to shed some jobs with the summer coming to an end.
Only a couple of months after the casino industry of Atlantic City reported employing over 30,000 people for the first time in almost four years, the overall number of workers there is expected to fall below that threshold. Still, industry experts shared an opinion that the results are still not alarming, even in case that this year’s numbers look worse.
The openings of the Ocean Resort Casino and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in June brought more workers to Atlantic City, with casino employment being pushed beyond the 30,000 mark. As revealed by the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) of New Jersey, 6,877 more people were employed by the local casino resorts in August in comparison to 2017.

According to information shared by the DGE, the total number of people employed by AC casinos was 30,217. Out of them, 22,177 were the full-time jobs, while the number of part-time casino workers was 2,973. The remaining 5,067 positions were categorized as “other”, which usually describes the category of temporary and seasonal workers.
The former executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Jim Kennedy, commented on the expected layoffs, sharing his expectations to see no less than 1,000 people to be dismissed from their positions between Labor Day and October. According to Mr. Kennedy, the decline would come as a part of the normal seasonal employment’s fluctuation.
Layoffs at Two New Casinos in AC Will Make Employment Picture Look Worse
Bob McDevitt, president of Unite Here Local 54, the union representing local casino workers, commented on the expected seasonal job dismissals, the two new properties in Atlantic City would also see some layoffs to cut over-staffing. According to him, possible job cuts in both the Ocean Resort Casino and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City venues will make the employment landscape in the region seem even worse.
“When you open a casino, you always overhire, as a practice, because you don’t know who is going to show up those first few days. (…) Every casino that has ever opened has had to lay off.” – Bob McDevitt
The last time when the number of employees in the Atlantic City casinos passed the 30,000 threshold, was in 2014. As mentioned above, the two new casinos in the resort have helped push the total employment of the industry back over that mark.
Both the Ocean Resort Casino and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City started operation on June 27th. The two new resorts accounted for a combined 8,184 jobs in July, a figure which represented 27% of the industry’s total. The total number of jobs at the Hard Rock amounted to 4,393, while Ocean Resort’s employees totaled 3,791, making them respectively the second- and third-largest employees in Atlantic City after Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. The later remained the top job creator in the AC casino sector, reporting 5,938 employees in July.

Gateway Reveals Design and Name for Proposed Delta Casino

Last week, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment revealed the design of the proposed casino complex, which is to be built at the Delta Town & Country Inn site in Ladner. The company also announced that the new property would be a Cascades-branded casino. However, the casino needs to receive official approval from City Council, following the public hearing scheduled for May 1.
The proposed gambling and entertainment complex would be developed and operated by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, one of the largest gambling operators in Canada. The $70 million property would have around 500 slot machines and 24 gaming tables, as well as Gateway’s signature restaurant brands, MATCH Eatery and Public House, ATLAS Steak + Fish and The Buffet. In addition, the complex is expected to feature a hotel with up to 124 rooms, more restaurants, meeting space and around 800 free parking spaces. There would also be a theatre for live events that would diversify the entertainment options and attract more customers.
The Cascades Casino Delta would bring up to 700 new jobs to the area and would result in various economic opportunities for Ladner and the City of Delta, according to Gateway’s CEO Tony Santo. The company explains that the design and theme of the Cascades brand are built around the concept of “play”, which means that the complex would be much more than just a casino venue. It would be a full-service local entertainment facility with sophisticated amenities in combination with “casual ambiance”.
The new property would be yet another Cascades-branded casino for Gateway as it already operates several Cascades venues in Langley, Penticton, and Kamloops, British Columbia. The proposal is expected to go before Delta City Council this May. Before this, a public hearing for the rezoning application is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1. If the project receives approval from City Council and all required permits from the province and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, the existing 49-room Delta Town and Country Inn would be demolished this summer and construction of the new complex would start by the end of the year. The company hopes that the new casino would be fully operational by 2020.
Cascades Casino Delta Will Not Increase Crime, Problem Gambling
Not everyone is particularly enthusiastic about the development of a new casino in Ladner. Opponents of the casino have expressed multiple concerns, including traffic problems, increase in crime rates and prevalence of problem gambling. Gateway, however, has addressed these issues and recently, it said that the current road network would be perfectly capable to accommodate the peak traffic caused by the proposed casino. In a traffic analysis, the company points out that there is a congestion associated with the George Massey Tunnel, but the road infrastructure would be able to deal with any increased traffic from the casino during peak periods.
The other concern, that the new casino would lead to increased crime rates, is unfounded, according to Delta police. In an interview for a local media outlet, Delta Police Department Chief Neil Dubord says that he does not expect a surge in violent crime or property crime, as no single research paper suggest a link between the two. One of the biggest issues raised by opponents of the proposed Cascades Casino Delta is that would fuel a gambling addiction. The relationship between the prevalence of problem gambling and the presence of gambling facilities have been researched and proven multiple times.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), however, says that it has taken steps to help problem gamblers. According to the agency, the casino in Delta would promote responsible gambling by offering casino products that feature special software that reminds patrons of the amount they have wagered and the time they have spent on a particular game. The BCLC also says that it offers problem gamblers assistance through dedicated programs, namely the Game Sense program, and helps people find counselling, which is free of charge for anyone in the province.

Shorelines Casino Peterborough Closure Harms Coffers

Shorelines Casino Peterborough remains closed for business, as it strives to protect both its casino staff members and the patrons frequenting it. Projections are that the closed casino venue is about to harm the city coffers depriving Peterborough of the regular casino cash flow coming their way. The upcoming weeks of closure are about to increase the deficit with some CA$960,235.

No casino operation means that there is no gambling revenue being generated by the people of Peterborough and subsequently there are no casino revenue allocations sent to the city coffers of the region. Local projects of various nature are not supported by the said allocations and many of them have been put on a pause for the time being, at least until life gets back to its normal pace.
No Gaming Revenue Allocations

Shorelines Casino Peterborough is among the relatively new casino locations in Ontario, as it welcomed its first patrons in the fall months of 2018. People were intrigued to discover everything new up for grabs on the premises of the casino complex. The unprecedented situation around the globe, as well as in Canada led to the closure of all brick-and-mortar casino venues and gambling halls mid-March.

Peterborough Believes Casino Cash Would Alleviate Major Projects Burden

In a recent statement, local officials have issued a projection regarding the money Peterborough could miss over the upcoming weeks. The months between March and June are expected to increase a revenue loss amounting to CA$6.9 million for the city coffers. The estimation comes from the city finance staff that have taken into account many factors contributing to this revenue allocation.

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The casino venue is among them, but there is also the free bus rides taking place across the city. The 2020 city budget would be harmed by the deficit and the only thing this could be alleviated is via the cost savings the City of Peterborough is trying to implement.
City Coffers
Parking fees only are expected to bring a loss of CA$759,400, whereas the local arenas are expected to see a loss of CA$746,071 without live events. A couple of weeks ago, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation sent the city its regular gaming revenue allocation for the financial quarter spanning between January 1 and March 31, 2020.

Shorelines Casino Peterborough Offers Hefty First Gaming Revenue Allocation

It amounted to CA$620,889 to the City of Peterborough and it was affected by the two-week closure that was in place at that point. Now the closure has extended to nearly ten weeks and expectations are that this would negatively impact the next gaming revenue allocation coming in June. Ever since the official opening of the casino venue, the city has received more than CA$4 million in non-tax gaming revenue.

Peterborough Braces for CA$4-Million Cheque Generated by Shorelines Casino

As for the 2019/2020 fiscal year, it managed to amass some CA$3,105,693 for the city coffers and many local projects and improvements. It could be recalled that the casino venue offered the host community a hefty first allocation cheque mid-March 2019. It amounted to CA$705,606 over the span of three months between October 15, 2018, and December 31, 2018.

Caesars Windsor Casino Employees Support Strike Action

Workers at the popular Ontario Caesars Windsor casino have supported strike action, with an overwhelming majority of 98,3 per cent of them voting to stop work if their demands have not been met. This was announced Wednesday evening by Unifor Local 444, the trade union, representing employees at the casino.
The unionized Caesars Windsor workers attended an information meeting and strike vote organized by Unifor Local 444 at Fogolar Furlan Club on Wednesday. Four groups of workers voted in four separate ballots held throughout the day and in the evening, the union announced that 98,3 per cent of Caesars Windsor’s employees supported strike actions if necessary. The union’s Third Vice-President Doug Boughner said that employees would stop work if the deal with the casino management is unsatisfactory.
Negotiations between workers and the casino started in February but so far, the two parties have not reached an agreement. Talks resume Thursday, but workers are not optimistic – in case Unifor Local 444 cannot strike a fair deal for them until their current contract expires, they will walk away from work. Contracts expire on April 4, which means that a new agreement needs to be signed in less than two weeks.
Boughner, who is the trade union’s liaison for the casino workers, said that despite the risk of a labour strike, Unifor Local 444 is, after all, happy with the results of the vote, as it clearly shows that workers support the Unifor’s bargaining committee. He added that the committee does not want a strike, but that affirmative action should be taken.
Negotiations with Caesars Windsor Casino
Talks between the union’s bargaining committee and representatives of Caesars Windsor casino began in February and the two parties have met over non-monetary issues multiple times. The union says that workers earn an average of CA$19 per hour and this includes skilled trade workers. However, the average payment drops to $17 per hour in case skilled trade workers are excluded. According to data, provided by the Windsor-based Unifor Local 444, the union represents approximately 2,300 workers from the casino.
The two sides cannot agree on a number of points, including the wages. The minimum hourly wage in Ontario rose to $14 on January 1, which gives workers hope that the casino would agree to increase salaries. But negotiators are also in discussions regarding pensions, as well as issues in relation to workplace conditions.
Caesars Windsor is one of the most popular casino resorts in the Canadian Province of Ontario and the U.S. Midwest. It can be easily seen from Detroit and it is believed to be one of the major reasons behind the legalization of casino gaming in Detroit. Interestingly, Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel, which was constructed several years after the opening of Caesars Windsor, has quite a similar theme to its Canadian rival. Ontario’s Caesars Windsor has two hotel towers, a 5,000-seat arena, and a total gaming area of 100,000 sq ft.

Resorts World Casino NYC Brings Online Concerts, Giveaways

Resorts World Casino New York City is ready to make the social distancing even more exciting for its patrons and people affiliated, as it would bring live entertainment closer to them. May 1 is about to see the official launch of online live streams featuring renowned artists such as George LaMond and Jury Torres. Fans are expected to make their way to the social media channels of the casino hotspot.

Social distancing is a recommended practice right now, as it aims to protect players’ health. It also allows them to explore various pastime activities now that they actually have the time to do so and many people have found their new hobby. The free time could also be enhanced with live streams and more music than ever.
Online Excitement

Resorts World Casino New York City is aware of the need for connection and live music in people’s lives which is what sparked the conversation regarding live performances online. The first day of May is about to bring the official beginning of a tradition that would keep individuals glued to their computer screens. This would keep them entertained for hours and make the social distancing a less lonely period of time.

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Keeping in touch with your friends and family is crucial, but there are other forms of social gatherings that could also make the period a more special one. May 1 is about to bring the first live performance by George LaMond, who is about to perform some of his greatest hits to the likes of “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Que Te Vas”. Along with him, players are going to enjoy the enchanting nature of Judy Torres.

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She is about to perform the critically acclaimed hits “No Reason to Cry”, “Please Stay Tonight” and many more. All casino fans and people from near and far are invited to enjoy the live performance streamed on social media and party in their home.
Live Events Starting Friday
WCBS “Brooklyn’s Own” Joe Causi is about to be the moderator of this first live stream and all viewers would be able to enjoy his live commentary on the performances and everything happening in the world right now. Everyone interested in listening to their favorite artists would also have the chance to ask them a question during the special Q&A session part of this live stream.

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This is expected to make the experience even more personal, as performers would be able to reveal more about themselves. The special online event is about to draw people together at 8 p.m. and last for about an hour this Friday. Individuals interested are invited to celebrate the end of the workweek in the comfort of their home.

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Upcoming weeks are expected to bring more of this type of entertainment. Resorts World Casino New York City made it clear that the casino hotspot is going to bring many giveaways, promotions, legendary groups, and notable artists down the road, making the weeks to come even more exciting. Having something to look forward to would lift the spirits of many fans.

Delaware North Completes Nitro’s Mardi Gras Casino Acquisition

Mardi Gras Casino and Resorts in Nitro, West Virginia has been acquired by hospitality company Delaware North, which owns the state’s only other greyhound racing track in Wheeling. The sale was completed on Tuesday, but no details about the agreement were disclosed.
In January, the international hospitality and entertainment company Delaware North announced its plans to purchase Mardi Gras Casino in Kanawha County. The property is located near the city of Nitro, West Virginia and includes a gaming floor, live greyhound racing track, several restaurants, as well as a 150-room luxury hotel. Until now, it was owned and operated by Hartman & Tyner, a property management company headquartered in Oakland County, Michigan.
In the January news release, Delaware North said that the agreement is pending approval from West Virginia Racing Commission and the West Virginia Lottery Commission. Now that the acquisition has been approved, a transition team has been sent to the property to make the process of change ownership as smooth as possible. This is the second facility for Delaware North in the state – the firm also owns Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack in Wheeling. It also has multiple gambling venues in New York, Illinois, Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, and Ohio.
Officials from Hartman & Tyner and Delaware North did not wish to disclose important details about the agreement, including the cost of the property. However, according to Charleston Gazette-Mail, who cites records in the Kanawha County clerk’s office, it is possible that the value of the deal is around $27.6 million. The owners’ (old and new) unwillingness to disclose such information may be linked with media reports from last year, according to which the family company Hartman & Tyner slipped into chaos and lawsuits after the death of one of its founders.
What Will the New Ownership Mean for the Casino
Kim Florence, president and general manager of Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, commented the acquisition Tuesday and assured the community that the first priority of Delaware North was to take care of the employees of the casino resort. According to her, the casino and its Players Club will keep their names, while employees will be offered a company-matched 401(k) retirement savings plan. There will be different opportunities for pay raise and other benefits, too.
The new owner also plans to update the collection of slots at Mardi Gras Casino and offer customers some of the latest and highest quality slot machines on the market right now. The 90,000-sq.ft. gaming floor is also home to approximately 30 table games while the gambling venue also has live greyhound racing and off-track betting for greyhound and horse racing.
Interestingly, with the newly passed WV Sports Lottery Wagering Act, the casino operator will most probably introduce sports betting. This depends on a Supreme Court decision expected by early summer, which may declare the federal ban on sports betting unconstitutional. Florence expressed her hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will allow states to legalize sports wagering, saying that this would be a great revenue opportunity for Mardi Gras Casino and would diversify the gambling options offered to customers.

Who Bagged the Largest Lotto 6/49 Jackpots in Ontario this Year

Ontario has seen quite the lottery winnings over the past twelve months with so many players to have their wishes come true. The end of the year is a time for a retrospect and today we are going to review some of the largest cash payouts Lotto 6/49 managed to send to Ontario over this past year filled with opportunities. Undoubtedly, one of the largest jackpots amounted to CA$33.4 million, making its way to Owen Sound.

The province has seen generous cash payouts for years now, with Lotto 6/49 and Lotto MAX being among the most popular offerings up for grabs. The former one is known for being quite the generous lottery offering in particular. Jason Goreski is the individual that could confirm this, as the month of February would forever be remembered as the time, he became a multimillionaire.
Grand Jackpots Up for Grabs

The 48-year-old lottery enthusiast was more than happy to receive his prize only days after he became eligible for it thanks to his ticket purchase. The exact amount he bagged was CA$33,396,099 – an unfathomable amount for many people. Mr. Goreski had been dreaming of a house purchase for his family when he checked the winning ticket and realized his dreams would soon come true.

CA$17.6m Lotto 6/49 Winner Kept Scanning Ticket in Disbelief

Some winners might say that retirement would be a nice next step, now that their financial state is more than sunny, but not Mr. Goreski. He had purchased the heating and cooling company for which he had worked over the past 20 years. Instead, he decided to focus on the expansion and improvement of the business.

Lotto 6/49 Sprinkles CA$1m Prizes around Ontario Like Confetti

Another lotto millionaire bagged a Lotto 6/49 jackpot of CA$15,764,647.10. The numbers drawn were 13, 21, 26, 30, 38, and 39 and a ticket managed to match all six of them. Richard Sobkowicz from Napean became eligible for the grand jackpot on July 3 and took his time to claim it. After he received the prize, the 68-year-old man planned to make an investment.
Lotto Millionaires
Another lottery ticket sold in Ontario became eligible for a cash windfall of CA$13.4 million. The winging numbers of that draw were 11, 15, 32, 34, 44, and 47 and for the winner, they might have a special significance. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation was quick to locate the place where the winning ticket was sold, but its city was not revealed publicly.

Winners Think Alike: Lotto 6/49 CA$9m Jackpot Split between Provinces

Lotto 6/49 proved its generosity on other occasions as well. A ticket sold in Barrie had to share a Main prize with a second one, sold in the Sudbury area. Each of the winning lottery tickets became eligible for a cash payout of CA$11 million following the regular Lotto 6/49 draw on March 20.

Birthday Wishes Come True with Lotto 6/49, Dog Hears First

The summer months were also special for the province, as a Brampton individual bagged some CA$9 million after a winning purchase. Robert Clements hails from Brampton and he is an avid lottery enthusiast. The Main prize he bagged amounts to CA$9,000,000 but his selection also added CA$10 to the overall prize.

Public Consultations on Gateway’s Casino Plan in Delta Seek to Gather Public Feedback

Delta residents have the chance to weigh in on Gateway’s proposed entertainment complex in Ladner once again and voice their opinion on the matter. In September last year, British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) gave preliminary approval for the development of a new entertainment complex at Town & Country Inn. Since then, a series of public consultation sessions have been conducted by both Gateway Casinos and the City of Delta with the idea to gather feedback from the public before the wheels are put in motion.
Two more public consultation meetings are scheduled to take place this Wednesday and Thursday at the Sungod Recreation Centre and at the Harris Barn in Ladner, respectively. Both sessions are to start at 4 pm local time and continue till 8 pm. At the open house-style meetings, people will be given additional details regarding the planned entertainment complex. Attendees will have the chance to talk to representatives for Gateway and discuss the pros and cons of hosting a new gaming and entertainment complex in Ladner.
Another multi-civic committee meeting to discuss Gateway’s casino project is scheduled to take place on 15th February at Harris Barn at 7 pm. It will be also open to the public. These public consultation meetings aim at providing information on Gateway’s application and answer questions. The application involves Gateway’s rezoning request to permit the construction of the entertainment complex. The company behind the project is expected to submit its rezoning application this April.
Gateway’s Casino Plan Accepted with Mixed Feelings
The C$70 million construction investment would spread over 162,678 square feet. The entertainment complex is to include a fully-equipped casino, which is to occupy approximately 47,000 square feet of space.
In addition to that, the gambling operator is to attract the attention of people from all walks of life, as the entertainment complex is to include a number of non-gambling amenities, including dining lounges, bars and clubs. A boutique 116-room hotel complex will be also added to Gateway’s casino proposal. As for parking spaces, the complex is to offer 800 parking lots for its guests.
Even though Gateway’s project sounds like a good investment for Delta’s economy, the local residents and officials showed mixed reactions towards the casino. Those, who took an anti-casino stance on the matter explained that a new entertainment complex is to have a negative impact on the society and it is to cannibalize the profitability of the local business enterprises. Gateway’s plans to demolish the indoor tennis court also vexed tennis players and enthusiasts, who explained that the city needs an indoor sports facility.
Casino proponents, on the other hand, explained that a new entertainment complex is to bring fresh money to the city’s shrinking budget coffers and attract out-of-the-city visitors, who will spend their money in Delta. This will not only stabilize the local economy, but also foster the local businesses.

CA$17.6m Lotto 6/49 Winner Kept Scanning Ticket in Disbelief

Lottery winnings and fortunate people bagging their prizes have abounded across the Canadian provinces over the past few days. Lotto 6/49 is among the preferred lottery offerings able to change their lives, as it happened with a Mississauga player now CA$17.6-million richer. He recently bagged his lotto prize and took a photo with the coveted cheque with the fortune written on it.

Dwayne Reid is among the latest lottery millionaires on a national level that has the lottery to thank for his changed life. November 230 was a lucky day for him, as this is when Lotto 6/49 decided to make his lottery ticket the winning one via matching all numbers needed for the major cash prize. This is how the numbers that might have a special significance for him guaranteed him la dolce vita.
Mississauga Player Wins Big

Mr. Reid reported using the special OLG Lottery App making the entire process much easier. Players have the chance to scan their tickets and instantly find out whether they are winners or not. This prevents accidental errors from happening while comparing the numbers drawn with the numbers written on the lotto ticket.

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Upon scanning a winning ticket, the mobile app produced a full-fledged celebratory notification making it clear that the user is a winner. It also displays the entire amount of cash they are eligible for. This is usually the moment when most people forget how to perceive numbers in an adequate manner and fail to take the information in. The amount of zeroes displayed on the screen is often perceived as a smaller sum.

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Mr. Reid scanned his ticket several times, just to make sure he was not mistaken. In addition to the major jackpot, the player also managed to bag a CA$5 prize, as he was lucky in another selection of the Lotto 6/49 ticket. He has always been a lottery aficionado with winnings in the previous lotto draws as well.
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He revealed that 2015 was also generous to him, as he bagged a CA$6,000 prize from a Lotto MAX draw. This most recent winning came as a result of a ticket purchased at a Shopper’s Drug Mart in Mississauga that is now eligible for one percent of the overall cash prize. In other news, another Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Hamilton is now eligible for a cash prize of CA$2.5 million.

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The overall CA$5-million jackpot prize was split between the Hamilton ticket and another one purchased somewhere in Quebec. The two lottery players thought alike and managed to become eligible for the Main prize coming with the most recent Lotto 6/49 draw. Another Ontario individual was also fortunate enough to bag big cash with the help of a single winning Lotto MAX ticket.

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Lynval Baylis of Walkerton is the individual bagging half of a Maxmillions prize. He recently took a photo with the CA$500,000 cheque he was eligible for and his upcoming plans include the purchase of a house for himself and his family, as well as sharing it with them for various dreams come true. November 26 was when the winning Lotto MAX draw took place.

Canada’s Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Gives Publicity to Lower Rent Proposal

Canada’s biggest casino operator Gateway Casinos & Entertainment has advised London city hall and the Western Fair District to lower lease payments or sell the land, so that the operator can realize its project to expand the slot-only gambling venue at the (Western) fairgrounds. The company announced that a decreased ground-lease rental rate is to significantly cut the costs of the operator and the operator will be able to invest more in the casino project.
Gateway added that reducing the rent is also in the interest of the city of London, as it gets a fair share of the revenue. And when the industry booms, tax revenue jumps. Councillor Phil Squire expressed his readiness to consider the proposal supposing that the operator provides more detail-oriented information and accurate numbers.
Yesterday, Gateway spokesperson Rob Mitchell shared that the operator’s priority is to expand the gambling venue at Western Fair District, but the overpriced rent may force Gateway to abandon its plan. The slot-only venue expansion has been put $140 million price tag. The operator announced its interest in building a full-fledged casino, which is to be 3 times bigger than the existing one.
Mr. Mitchell hinted that the operator does not exclude any other options in the city, but he refrained from providing any more details. He said that the expansion of the casino is also to decrease the unemployment rate. At present, Western Fair District employs 300 people, but the number is expected to increase up to 1,000. Last but not least, the expansion of the gambling venue is to capitalize on the opportunity to attract people with various interests and thus boost multiple industries and the overall economy.
Today, city officials met behind closed doors and discussed the lease the city has with Western Fair. Currently, OLG has an agreement with London city hall and Western Fair District to pay approximately $6 million a year. The deal expires in 2020 and Gateway is seeking to renegotiate the terms of the deal, emphasizing on the ground-lease rental rates. It is interesting to mention that the land is jointly owned by the city and Western Fair.
City Official Wants to Hear the Operator’s Proposal
Councillor Phil Squire asked from the operator to present more detailed information and particular numbers. He announced that his stance on the matter is neutral and he wants to support only the option, which is in the city’s best interest. Consequently, he is to estimate if the decrease of the rent is to bring more economic benefits and higher revenues to the city. Mr. Squire added that the rental rate might be viewed as reasonable, having in mind the specific nature of the casino.
He also asked the casino operator if it is to contribute to the problem gambling treatment in the city. At this moment, Coun. Squire did not give a green light to the casino expansion, as this is not the first time, in which someone presents a half-baked building project.