The new upstate New York casino will still be a scaled back version of Seneca’s original plan for the facility, which included a 22-story hotel-casino with a spa and several restaurants. The new casino will not have a hotel and will only offer one restaurant.
While tribe officials say the new casino will bolster Buffalo’s emerging waterfront area and create jobs, many in Buffalo are concerned that the casino, particularly due to its proximity to low income areas, will lure people to spend money they don’t have and hurt the economy and several groups have filed motions in the past few years arguing downtown does not need a gambling casino.
According to Seneca Nation of Indians President Robert Odawi Porter,”They are moving full speed ahead with this project.”
Officials say the new casino will take about a year to complete.