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Plans to Bring a Casino to Traditions Unveiled

Think big, really big. That's what the owners of Traditions at the Glen wants Broome County residents to do. 

"This could be a great revitalization of the Binghamton area and we have the people to support it," said Bill Walsh, owner of Traditions at the Glen.

The Walsh family announced Thursday their plan for a 150 million dollar resort and casino adjacent to the current hotel.

If they are awarded a permit for a casino, they would add 50 table games and 1200 slot machines.  They would also add up to 200 additional hotel rooms.

The plan would be to construct a three floor building, each floor 90,000 square feet. 

Walsh says its a project that would be supported by local investors.

"Our ideas are we want to give back to the local community with the profits that are generated from this casino.  We want them to stay in the community.  We don't want them to leave," said Walsh.

The projected annual gaming revenue is over 155 million dollars, non-gaming over 55 million.

He says the project has the potential to create over a thousand permanent jobs and 1000 construction jobs which has gained the support of local politicians.

"It would be great for the Village, it's going to help us to revitalize our downtown with businesses and shops that people want to come to, want to visit.  Those kinds of things," said Mayor of Johnson City Greg Deemie.

"Of course I want to listen to what my residents have to say but I think it will relieve our tax burden. I'm thinking jobs, jobs jobs.  I'm thinking of new, I'm thinking of fun things for our residents to do and welcome to the Town of Union," said Rose Sotak, Town of Union Supervisor.

However, the Walsh family has some competition.  Tioga Downs and Vista Hospitality Group, which operates the Holiday Inn Arena in Binghamton and Quality Inn in Vestal also plan to bid for a casino licence in the Southern Tier.

**Ali Warner Fox 40 HD News**


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