The Hollywood Gaming racino in north Dayton is getting closer to its opening day. Parent company Penn National spent around $6 million on cleanup of the old Delphi plant site, and now a new building, a racetrack, and almost 2000 parking spots are going in at the corner of Needmore and Wagner Ford roads.
Ohio casino revenue numbers are out for the month of May, and month-to-month revenues are up for the state’s four casinos. But with a new racino on the way, there’s growing competition for those gambling dollars in southwest Ohio.
Redevelopment of the fairgrounds in one southwestern Ohio county is on hold as state officials figure out the details of distributing $12 million in payments to communities affected by the legalization of racinos.
Lebanon in Warren County, north of Cincinnati, is the first of four communities around Ohio eligible for up to $3 million from a fund set up as part of the 2011 law that allowed racetrack owners to add electronic slot machines.
An official at the racino under construction in Dayton says most of the hiring will happen this summer - but smokers need not apply.
Gary DeWitt, general manager of the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, wouldn't say how many people will be hired or how many will be full-time at the new track being built on the site of an old automotive plant.
But he did say they won't hire smokers. All Penn National Gaming establishments require employees to be non-smokers. The harness-racing track, which also will feature 1,000 slot machines, will be smoke-free.