Downtown Casino in Jeopardy?

September 24, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 8:22 AM EDT

By WKBW News

September 24, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 8:22 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - If one lawmaker gets his way, construction on the project will stop, and that's not all.

A resolution being submitted this week would not only halt construction on the multi-million dollar facility, but also bring an end to gambling in downtown Buffalo all together.

It was just last month the Seneca Nation of Indians broke ground on the the $130 million casino. It will replace a temporary one that opened in the summer of 2007.

Buffalo city Councilmember Michael Locurto is presenting this resolution tomorrow during the city's community development committee meeting.

Locurto argues the Seneca Gaming Corporation has broken several promises with the city. To name a few, he says this new casino, which is much smaller than originally planned, doesn't provide the greenspace originally proposed has too much surface parking, is not employing as many people as promised or making improvements to the surrounding neighborhoods.

When asked about this controversy last month at the ground breaking, Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter had this to say.

"This project is going to fit so nicely into a beautiful redesign of this entire region," said Porter.

"Creating hundreds of construction jobs through the winter which is usually a down time for the trades."

Many know the plans that were originally announced back in 2007 called for a much larger facility, but work was suspended a year later due to the poor economy.

Locurto's resolution calls for the city's law department to end the contract, reclaim the city land, and no longer provide water and sewer service to the site.

This new resolution isn't the only challenge to downtown gambling, a lawsuit is currently under review in federal court.

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