Batavia Downs' $27M expansion is a go

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 7:22 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 7:22 AM EDT

With the final approval it needed in hand, Batavia Downs Casino has been cleared to start a $27 million expansion and renovation of its gaming facilities.

The work is expected to start in the next week.

The last step was an approval from New York State Lottery.

Included in the expansion will be the addition of 200 more gaming machines, long overdue roof repairs, replacing its neon sign with a modern, energy-efficient model, moving its second story gaming floor to the casino's ground level and relocating and expansion some of its existing restaurants.

A Tim Hortons on the second floor is moving to larger space on the first floor and the "Thurman Thomas" sports bar will also be renovated.

"We are pleased to begin this long-anticipated project," said Michael Kane, Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. and Batavia Downs Casino president.

The work should be completed by next year.

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