Gateway Casinos and Entertainment can now officially march forward with its plans of expanding as it has been given permission to do so by the City Authorities.
However, if the casino giant decides to grow in the Western Fair District or not, is still up for debate.
In a meeting that took place on Monday, 24th September a unanimous vote was passed by city politicians.
The main focus of the meeting was to discuss how the planning and environment committee will proceed with rezoning lands owned by the city and Western Fair, thus giving the prospect for a glitzy new casino and hotel complex.
However, it would require negotiations to be successfully resolved between city officials, Gateway, and the Western Fair that have been locked in lease negotiations for over a year now.
Ward 4 Coun. Jesse Helmer said, “normally, I am very supportive of the zoning changes.”
Coun. Helmer also demanded an official definition of a “casino” developed.
In a brief public meeting, Jen Pastorius, head of business development for the Old East Village Business Improvement Association, spoke in favour of the entire ongoing process.
Speaking about the fair and city, Pastorius said, “I am really hopeful and do expect that we could work really well together, just like in the past.”
Ward 13 Coun. Tanya Park, who is also a mayoral hopeful further added, “The City of London has been collaborative in every way possible.”
Gateway aims to build a new, smaller grandstand along with a 125-room hotel, 1,200 slot machines, 46 table games and also introduce a few restaurants in a new mega-casino. As per reports, the total cost of the complex would come up to $140 million.
A hotel can be built on the fair’s 19-hectare site, according to The London Plan, that guides the city towards growth.