Construction on new $27-million casino in Ontario begins

A new casino in Chatham, Ontario saw the bulldozers start breaking ground yesterday, led by Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope.  The $27-million dollar project is the latest by casino operator Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd., and the first for the operator in the area.  Gateway expects the casino to provide 200 new jobs for Chatham, in addition to the temporary construction crew, with another 100 relocating to the casino from its Dresden operations once the casino is complete. 

There has been some concern in the community about the casino, with residents expressing apprehension over a business that focuses on gambling.  Gateway CEO Tony Santo has tried to allay those concerns, saying that the facility will be "family-friendly."  There will be two restaurants without age restrictions and both will be separated from the gambling action.  He added, “[Windsor] is really more of a destination casino where we considering [sic] this more of a local casino.  Obviously if anyone traveling from Windsor or [across the] border wants to stop by and gamble or eat they are certainly welcome, but this is really a local entertainment place for this community.”

Construction of the casino is expected to be complete by August of next year, barring any unforeseen delays.  If all goes well, the facilities will open the following month.  The casino floor will offer 333 slot machines and 12 table games, as well as The Buffet and MATCH Eatery & Public House, Gateway's two signature restaurants.  

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