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NY/NJ Focus | WILMORITE CONSTRUCTION - DEL LAGO RESORT & CASINO

All-In on Casino

WILMORITE IS CREATING A WORLD-CLASS GAMING RESORT IN NEW YORK'S SENECA COUNTY.

T

he Finger Lakes area of New
York has long been known for its
wine, but a massive $440-million
construction project will soon give
tourists another reason to visit one of the
Empire State's most scenic regions.
Wilmorite, a commercial real estate
development and management company
with more than seven decades of experience, is the owner, developer and general
contractor of the new del Lago Resort &
Casino. Tom Wilmot Sr., chairman of the
company, worked for two decades to bring
a casino to Seneca County's Finger Lakes
region before being granted a New York
state gaming license in December 2015.
The name "del Lago" is in honor of its host
community, translating to "of the lakes."

Envisioning a Destination
The resort project promises to become a
luxurious attraction drawing both locals
and visitors to the Finger Lakes region.
The casino will have 2,000 slot machines
and 85 gaming tables - 10 of which will
be set aside for poker games. Even those
who don't enjoy the spin of the slots or the
flip of the turn card will find something to
enjoy. The project calls for a 205-room hotel
and 10,000-square-foot luxury spa with 17
treatment rooms and a salon.
Guests can also browse the 40,000square-foot entertainment center, which

Wilmorite Construction del Lago Resort & Casino
www.dellagoresort.com
* Location: Tyre, N.Y.

"These hardworking men and
women are bringing in a
half-million dollars in wages
and benefits weekly, which is
incredible for our local economy." - Michael Davis, president of e Finger
Lakes Building & Construction Trades Council

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new casino resort will have
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2,000 slot machines and 85
gaming tables.

will hold 2,500 people. Foodies and casual
eaters alike will appreciate the resort's several restaurants, including a 24-hour diner
called Sociale and Savor New York, an area
for Finger Lakes vendors to share a variety
of local fruits, cheeses, baked goods, wines
and beers with resort patrons.
Del Lago also promises to be a destination
for the business community. The resort will
feature a 3,000-square-foot banquet facility
suitable for conventions, conferences and
reception events.
The project is expected to create 1,800
construction jobs and 1,800 permanent
jobs, according to Wilmorite. Once the
casino and resort is up and running, it is
estimated the property will generate more
than $90 million annually for the state of
New York and local governments.
Despite those economic benefits, the
casino has faced some challengers. A
group of residents formed an organization

called Casino Free Tyre and filed a series of
unsuccessful lawsuits that sought to block
the casino's construction. The project faced
opposition from other gambling entities as
well. The Oneida Indian Nation, which operates the Turning Stone casino in Verona,
N.Y., sued del Lago, Wilmost and the state's
gaming commission, claiming the gaming commission's process in awarding the
casino a gaming license was illegal and that
the new casino would harm Turning Stone.
A state Supreme Court judge rejected the
lawsuit in June.

Speedy Schedule
Construction on the casino and resort project began in January 2016. The casino portion is expected to open in February 2017.
The restaurant and entertainment parts of
the developed should be completed around
the same time while the hotel and spa will
open a few months later in July 2017.


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