BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The owners of Marcy Casino are waiting to move forward on a project to put a restaurant inside the casino.
“We’re going to continue to do private events, weddings and such on the lower level like we always have and the upper level which has always been under utilized is what will be switched over to an establishment,” said Jason Davidson, co-owner of Magnolia Events.
The Olmsted Parks Conservancy manages the casino and had to get community input before the project could continue. Several public input sessions were held and 80 percent of residents surveyed approved the proposal, but some people were concerned about parking and security in Delaware Park.
“The city said they would work with their parking enforcement and even Albright Knox came forward saying they would help in opening their lots. The city said they would put some security lighting and additional street lighting and potentially a camera at the corner of Rumsey and Lincoln,” said Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director of Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
The Conservancy board recommended the city proceed with the project last month, but the city hasn’t decided.
“We have spent extra time talking to people that are in favor, talking to people that are opposed, coming up with ways to address all of the concerns that are out there and we believe that we are very close to a solution,” said Mayor Byron Brown, City of Buffalo.
If the project isn’t approved soon, the owners say they may have to lay-off their employees.
“It’s going to make it much more difficult to hit our timeline. You know we’ve got a lot of employees that are kind of hanging out, we’re trying to utilize them, we don’t want to lay them off. We need to keep it moving to keep it viable,” said Davidson.
Davidson is hoping to have a decision from the city very soon. He and his co-owner, Mike Shatzel, would like to get work done and open in the Spring and possibly have a soft opening for families coming to the park in the winter.