Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Seneca Nation of Indians is opening the Downtown Casino doors to the media, Wednesday. It is a project that has been years in the making.
The $130 million casino will replace a temporary building that opened in the summer of 2007. The Seneca Nation had plans to build a much larger casino that included a hotel and several restaurants.
The steel framework was partially constructed but work was suspended n 2008 because of the poor economy. While the new casino will have 800 slot machines and 16 table games, it will not have a hotel. The casino will have a very unique American-style restaurant.
"The final design will not be nearly as big as the original plan and I think that that is the lemonade from the lemons. I don't think anyone wanted to stop the project and no one wanted the economy to south the way it did. However, this gives us a chance to knit the facility together better with the neighborhood," Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter said.
The Seneca Nation of Indians said the new casino plan took into account more ideas from local businesses and residents. The Nation has been tight-lipped about an officials opening of the casino. The said there is a possibility that the doors will open by the end of the summer.