Before that can happen, Gateway needs zoning bylaws that cover the Western Fairgrounds to be changed.
For us, it is our identity our role to this region is important and we dont want to jeopardize it, said Mitchell.
The city earns a cut of slot revenue at the Western Fair, which brings about.5 million into city coffers each year.
Were encouraged its moving forward, but its been a very long and awkward process for us, Mitchell said.I dont take this to be suddenly a vote of confidence from the council and elected officials to suddenly embrace Gateway and roll out the red carpet.(mike hensen, The London Free Press).We want to make sure them being here does not conflict with our mandate.Council narrowly approved expanded gambling in the city in a 7-5 vote earlier this year. .Gateway is looking hard at other sites for a new casino, he added.
Pastorius said she is looking forward to having more conversations with the potential expanding gaming group should it land in the east.
The fair has a long history at its east-end London site, offering special events, conferences, entertainment, agricultural events, horse racing and hockey, and wants to ensure that legacy is protected in a massive casino development.
It would also create about 700 local jobs regardless of where it lands.The company is paying.2 million a year, locked in until 2020, to lease the casino space formerly operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.That payment has to be reduced, Gateways Mitchell said.Current uses allow roulette 2016 for schools, daycares, parking lots, recreation, and a special provision that permits the Western Fair Association and all its activities.The Gateway Casinos project could bring up to 1,200 slots and about 50 live table games to the area.City officials are exploring rezoning amendments which could make way for a proposed 140 million casino complex at the Western Fair District.Were just trying to make it easy for them to make a decision regarding staying on our site.Hugh Mitchell, we are aggressive in our talks with the city.