BUFFALO, NY - The Seneca Nation Tuesday unveiled a revised design for the Buffalo Creek Casino.
The $130 million casino design is expected to integrate with city's waterfront and will include a four-story parking ramp.
"This new casino will be a national design leader for casinos in urban settings," says Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter. "Our investment in this facility is our stake in our partnership with Buffalo's Inner Harbor, the rejuvenation of the Perry Choice Neighborhood, and growth in the Old First Ward and along the Buffalo River."
The Buffalo Creek Casino has been open since 2007, but the Seneca Gaming Corporation stopped construction on its original plan at the site in 2008. An expansion in 2010 brought the casino to the size it is today.
The project is expected to create 600 construction-type jobs. Once completed, the casino will need to fill 500 jobs for inside the casino.
Construction began Monday. Crews will start dismantling the current steel structure that is there now.
"Dismantling the existing steel structure not only clears the site so our new vision can take shape, it opens the door to a modern concept designed to generate a prudent business model for downtown Buffalo. Our sights can now be clearly set on the future," said Karen Karsten, chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corp. board of directors. "As we move forward, we are excited by the investments being made, by ourselves and by many others, to create an exciting destination atmosphere in the Inner Harbor and Buffalo River areas."
The project should be finished by the summer of 2013.
Last month, the Seneca Nation and Gaming Corporation was offering grants to the community to help pay for projects that beautify the area around the Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo.