Residents learn more about proposed casino in Seneca County

Updated: 12/11/2013 11:33 PM
Created: 12/11/2013 11:19 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

In November New York residents said yes to allowing non-Indian run casinos in the state. Now, some of the proposals are beginning to emerge.

Wednesday night residents in Tyre in Seneca County heard about a plan to build a $350-million casino resort there.

Residents heard a presentation from a company that is familiar in the Rochester area, Wilmorite. It's a proposal for Wilmot Casino and Resort.

It was standing room only at the Magee Fire Hall. People packed inside to hear Wilmorite's plan to construct what the company is referring to as a destination resort that will bring a casino, hotel, spa, dining and entertainment to Seneca County and in particular, the town of Tyre.

Representatives from Wilmorite included two generations of Wilmots, including Wilmorite Chairman Tom Wilmot, who has for years been vocal about the benefits of casinos and has pushed opening one in Rochester.

The group promised residents to make a $350-million investment in the community, create a total of 3,000 temporary and permanent jobs, and pump an estimated $7.9-million into the local economy each year.

Residents had several questions and concerns, like how Wilmorite will address traffic, water and sewage and the potential for crime.

“To the developers, I think it's a great idea so far. There's an enormous dump down the road. If you're here in the summertime, you're going to smell it and that thing is getting bigger by the day. It's going to be a thorn in your side. You're going to need to address that,” said one resident who attended the meeting.

“My comment, as a minister, is how can a casino be proper, ethical and positive for our community while gambling is considered a disease and debilitating as alcohol and drugs,” said another person who attended the meeting.

While the state has made casinos legal that are run by non-Indian nations starting in January, local communities get to decide if they want them and who gets to build and run it. Wilmorite planned this as an informational meeting and told residents they are the best choice, an experienced company and large enough to handle this kind of project.         

Wednesday night News10NBC learned this project would be fully funded by Wilmorite with no tax dollars involved, which means no property taxes for residents in that area.


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