Rochester Developer Betting On Seneca County Casino
12/12/2013 5:51:27 AM
By Greg Cotterill
Rochester developer Tom Wilmot has played his hand.
Wilmorite Development is betting on Seneca County as the best spot in one of three sections of New York that Governor Andrew Cuomo has designated as areas where new, private casinos could be located.
Last night , Wilmorite Chairman Tom Wilmot, his sons Jim and Tom Jr., along with other Wilmorite officials met with about 100 Seneca County residents to make the first effort to gather community input on their plans to build a casino, and 200 bed luxury hotel just north of the Petro truck stop in the town of Tyre near the Waterloo Thruway Exit 41.
Wilmorite Chairman Tom Wilmot speaks to Seneca County residents at the Magee Fire House. Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
Wilmot says this project in Seneca County is very exciting.
Tom Wilmot Jr. says they are not planning to build a casino like you might see in Las Vegas.
Jim Wilmot says the casino plans include a "Buy New York Store" and they plan to be very involved with the local communities.
Wilmorite built and operates Eastview Mall in Victor, and 12 other malls across the state.
The “Wilmot Casino Resort” will have 2,000 slot machines, 100 table games, two entertainment venues (one inside and another outside) , an outdoor pool, a 1,000 car parking garage, and parking lots for 2,000 more cars.
The casino and resort will offer 1800 new permanent jobs, and 1200 construction jobs.
The casino would pay the state some $78 million dollars a year in income taxes, 10% of that would come back to be split evenly between Seneca County and the town of Tyre. That’s about $3.45 million for each. It most likely would eliminate Tyre town property taxes. More money would come back to the county and town through property taxes, sales tax, and the county’s hotel room tax.
Wilmorite officials say they expect to submit an RFP (Request for Proposal) sometime next June, and the state is expected to select sites and developers for the four casinos by next December.