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Application for Seneca County casino

Tyre, N.Y. - Wilmorite's application for the proposed $425-million casino in Seneca County has been released.

The proposal posted online by the state today includes restaurants, a spa and a huge pool.

With all the amenities the developer hopes the Lago Resort and Casino proposed in the town Tyre will be a destination and generate $263-million in gaming revenue each year.

The onsite hotel will have 208 rooms. There will also be a 40,000 square-foot pool area that can hold 900 people. As well as a 10,000 square-foot full service spa.

According to the application the buildings of the Lago Resort and Casino are: "designed as low-rise structures, a good distance away from surrounding residential and agricultural areas."

But those against the casino like James Dawley of Casino Free Tyre say it will be too close to residential and agricultural areas including his home and an Amish farm.

"It's taken on this whole Italian villa theme and doesn't fit into what nearly is one our community or our area or what was sold," said Dawley.

Dawley is also concerned about traffic.

"We noticed in the traffic survey it was taken in the end of November beginning of December and that's certainly not our heaviest traffic times," said Dawley.

The casino is vying to be picked by the New York State Gaming Committee to be one of four privately owned in the state.

"We need jobs so we can purchase what the farmers produce," said Michael Davis, Business Manager of Local Union 840, he says this would bring jobs to an area that desperately needs them. "I'm still a rural person at heart, I still believe we need farmers and God bless them all. But they don't employ a lot of people in the area heavy equipment takes care of all that."

According to the application, construction alone will create nearly 2-thousand jobs and: "once completed, The Lago Resort & Casino will create approximately 1,800 permanent jobs for New York residents."

The New York State Gaming Commission will select the privately owned casinos in early fall.

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