Two Rochester developers are wading into the competition for four upstate casinos.
Thomas Wilmot, the mall magnate, proposed this morning a casino plan for rural Seneca County.
David Flaum, a major commercial developer in the Rochester area, is looking at sites in the Albany area, the Times Union reported today.
Both have for years sought to own a casino. Wilmot has tried in California and in downtown Rochester, but to no avail.
Flaum owns land in the Catskills, has an exclusive deal with the Seneca Nation of Indians for a potential casino in the Rochester-area and is eying a site in Albany.
Wilmot’s plan calls for a casino in the town of Tyre, Seneca County.
“What an exciting opportunity,” said Wilmot in a statement. “This is exciting for the people of Tyre, Seneca County and the surrounding areas because it will create approximately 1,800 permanent jobs and 1,200 construction jobs, as well as provide significant revenue for local governments to be able hold the line or reduce taxes. It will also bring millions of tourists to this beautiful region, helping countless local businesses.”
A referendum approved by voters Nov. 5 allows for the development of four upstate casinos: in the Catskills, Albany area and Southern Tier.
Bids are expected to be reviewed starting early next year.
The Wilmot Casino & Resort would be a $350 million project, featuring a casino, hotel, spa, as well as dining and entertainment.
Here’s the proposal: www.wilmotcasinoandresort.com.