The Seneca Nation of Indians and Seneca Gaming Corporation have announced that they are indeed moving forward with a $40 million expansion for the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in the Cobblestone District.
The expansion project comes as no surprise to those that realized early on that the gaming site would grow over time, from a scaled dow version of the originally announced complex plan to a scalable complex that would grow accordingly.
“This project is more than an investment for our guests,” noted Barry E. Snyder, Sr., chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corporation board of directors. “It is an investment in the people of Buffalo and Western New York.”
The two-story, 28,500 square feet expansion will allow the casino to introduce similar amenities that are currently found in Niagara Falls, including a performance stage for live entertainment at Stixx Sports Bar, and enhanced gaming operations (300 additional slot machines, additional table games with a high limit room). Other complex amenities will feature additional retail space, a super-sized Buffalo Savors Grill, a Western Door concept restaurant (indoor and outdoor seating), and new banquet and meeting space. There will also be an expanded non-smoking area. The Seneca Nation states that the expansion project will bring 300 new jobs to the casino, bringing the total number of employees to 800.
The Seneca Nation partially attributes the expansion to the city’s renaissance, pointing to numerous projects that are unfolding around the site.
“The economic turnaround of Buffalo is something that many people didn’t think would happen, but look around – it’s happening,” said Seneca Nation President Maurice A. John, Sr. “The Seneca Nation is an important part of that movement, and this $40 million investment is more evidence that the Seneca Nation and the City of Buffalo are both on the rise.”
The Buffalo Creek Casino is currently attracting 3 million guests per year. This numbers will spike, as the new amenities are introduced.
“Creating good-paying and career-supporting jobs is a top priority of my administration and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino’s $40 million expansion project is another indication of the strength of Buffalo’s prospering economy,” said City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, noting the casino’s plan to create 300 additional casino jobs and 440 construction jobs as a result of this project. “With a relentless focus on economic development and job growth, Buffalo’s landscape is changing before our eyes. I thank Seneca Nation President Maurice John, Sr. and Seneca officials for their investment in the Inner Harbor area of downtown Buffalo as we continue to work together to build a city of opportunity for all people in Buffalo.”
The new build out will extend westward towards South Park. Work on the expansion begins this month, and is expected to wrap up in spring of 2017.
“Downtown Buffalo, and the Inner Harbor area in particular, is exploding with excitement and activity,” said Audrey Oswell, chief operating officer, Seneca Gaming Corporation. “As more people come to know this new Buffalo, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will be part of what they experience and remember.”
Project design: Hnedak Bobo Group
Project manager: Seneca Construction Management Corporation