BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Seneca Nation announced a major commitment to Buffalo’s downtown in the form of a $40 million expansion to their Buffalo Creek Casino.
The development is expected to add additional gaming and restaurant space, adding to the allure of Buffalo’s downtown area. The economic windfall is expected to be large, creating 300 jobs permanently in the downtown area.
“Eight years ago, the Seneca Nation invested in our Buffalo Creek Territory when little else was taking place around us to draw people to the Inner Harbor area of downtown Buffalo,” Seneca Nation President Maurice John Jr., said. “An unprecedented wave of development, momentum, investment and growth followed. Today, the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is at the epicenter for excitement in Buffalo.”
Current plans show upward growth; potentially expanding the current casino up by two stories, adding room for additional slots and event space.
John said his nation has invested more than $1 billion since 2002 in the area, and will continue to invest and expand.
The project has been approved, according to John, and development should begin in mid-October. The expansions should be completed in early 2017.