River Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady is expected to be completed ahead of time as construction begins with the groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony which was held on Wednesday the 3rd of February 2016 was attended by Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming, other members and officials of the company along with representatives of Galesi Group and local community leaders.
Who is in?
The USD 330 million property is a joint venture between Rush Street Gaming, operator of multiple casinos in several locations within the USA and Galesi Group, the New York based property developer who boasts a diverse real estate portfolio of 11 million square feet of assets. Construction for this casino has already started in one of the oldest brownfields in the country, the 60-acre Alco site off Erie Boulevard, New York, near the Mohwak river.
The CEO has stated that Rush Street gaming would like to see this facility developed as quickly as possible; provided the element are on their side, they hope to open to the public by the first quarter of 2017.
What is the offer?
Mary Cheeks, the general manager of River Casinos, has stated that this new venue is to feature 1,150 slot machines, 63 table games and 15 poker tables. Although a name for the adjoining, luxury casino hotel is yet to be decided it is expected to house 163 rooms, day spa facilities, multiple new food and beverage options – such as a marketplace, entertainment lounge, banquet facility and plenty of public outdoor spaces including waterfront trails and green spaces.
A job machine?
Rush Street Gaming that claims to have created 4,000 direct and permanent jobs between 2008 and 2011 stated the addition of River Casino & Resort in Schenectady has already started to create new employment opportunities for the local community. A website exclusively advertising all job vacancies for River Casino is expected to be up and running by the end of February.
Cheeks also stated that the project is expected to create 1,400 construction jobs and 1,200 permanent jobs. A “small number” of existing Rush Street casino employees are expected to be transferred to the new venue; however, Rush Street gaming aims to train local residents to fill the majority of the positions. They have also agreed on a partnership with Schenectady County Community College on a dealer-training program to generate a pool qualified talent in the region.