25 February 2006

Buffalo Downtown Casino Moves Forward

Proximity of proposed Buffalo casino to Fort Erie Racetrack and Slots(10km).

Seneca Nation Casino Bid Moves Forward

BUFFALO, New York – As reported by the Buffalo News: "The Seneca Nation's bid for a Buffalo casino moved forward on two fronts Wednesday, with the tribe announcing that it had finished land acquisition and the state's highest court ending Cheektowaga's attempt to remain in the running for the project.

"Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. clarified the tribe's plans for its Buffalo casino in a meeting with Rep. Brian M. Higgins, D-Buffalo, a day after the Court of Appeals issued its ruling.

"In a news release, Snyder attempted to make clear that the tribe does not plan vast new land purchases in Western New York, even though its purchase practices indicate that might be possible.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals dismissed Cheektowaga's request to hear a case that would have given the town a chance at the casino if the tribe's Buffalo plans fell through.

Proposed Size

The Senecas have asked the designers to come up with plans for a 100,000-square-foot casino with room for 2,200 slot machines, 50 gambling tables, a fine-dining restaurant, buffet and small retail shop. A 2,500-vehicle parking ramp and a casino operations center are also part of the project.

The designers were asked to create a complex that could accommodate a future 250-room hotel with meeting rooms and banquet halls.

Under their state gaming compact, the Senecas have until Dec. 9, 2007, to get their Buffalo casino up and running.

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