About 20,000 people are expected to descend on Ohio’s newest racino Thursday. The new gaming facility in Turtlecreek Township is expected to be a boon to the local economy.
Warren County Economic Development Director, Martin Russell, says Miami Valley Gaming’s new $175 million dollar racino means big revenue for the county.
“I think that when you talk about jobs, you talk about capital investment, you talk about bringing in more people inside of Warren County...this is going to really broaden our economic base," said Russell.
The company behind a southwest Ohio racino says the project should be finished by its target date next year, though demolition and cleanup work at the Dayton site is taking longer than expected.
An official from Penn National Gaming tells the Ohio State Racing Commission workers are taking extra time to clean up concrete slabs at the site, which is a former manufacturing plant. He says the project is lagging behind construction of another Penn National racino near Youngstown that doesn't involve industrial cleanup.
The Ohio State Racing Commission has given the green light to new "racinos" in Dayton and in the Youngstown area.
The commission on Wednesday approved the transfer of racing licenses from other Ohio tracks to the new tracks to be built on the site of a former auto parts manufacturing plant on Dayton's north side, as well as one in Austin.