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Seneca Nation buys Henrietta land for possible casino

Henrietta, N.Y. -- The Seneca Gaming Corporation announced Monday its acquired 32 acres of land in Henrietta as a potential site for a future casino.

The land is located on Clay Road near Interstate 390 and Jefferson and East Henrietta roads.

The Seneca Gaming Corporation operates three casino properties in Western New York on behalf of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

While no set development plans are in place, Seneca Gaming Corporation officials said in a press release they believe the site, and the greater Rochester market in general, are ideally suited for a full-scale gaming and entertainment destination, including a Seneca-owned-and-operated casino, as well as other amenities, including a hotel, restaurants and retail space, which could be developed and operated by other local interests.

Kevin W. Seneca, chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corporation board of directors, said the board is planning to take a very deliberate approach to reviewing and developing any potential project in the Rochester area.

Now that we have acquired property, we will begin the process of engaging the community and its leaders in dialogue on how a potential Seneca development could fit within and benefit Henrietta and the surrounding area, said Seneca. In fact, thanks to recent changes in New York State law pertaining to Indian gaming, our existing casinos will drive significant revenue into this area. Locating a Seneca facility here will only build on that benefit. I dont know if that has been articulated. It will be soon enough.

Based on preliminary projections, Seneca Gaming Corporation said it believes a Rochester development could create 2,400 construction period jobs, representing $113 million in construction wages and a construction-period economic impact of $362 million. Once completed, the development could create approximately 5,000 direct and indirect jobs, including 2,000 on-site jobs. The ongoing economic impact of the project could reach $459 million annually.

According to the Seneca Gaming Corporation, as part of its Compact agreement with the State of New York, the Seneca Nation of Indians holds the exclusive right to provide Class III casino gaming in a large portion of the state, extending from State Route 14, 30 miles east of Rochester, west to the Pennsylvania border. In exchange for that exclusivity, the Nation pays the state 25 percent of its net slot machine revenue. The state shares at least one-quarter of those revenues with the local community where each of the casinos is located.

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