Traditions unveils casino plans to residents

By Jillian Marshall

December 20, 2013 Updated Dec 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It was just about a month ago when Traditions at the Glen announced that they will place a bid for a casino on their property. On Friday, they unveiled their plans, priorities and goals to the community.

Dozens of people browsed through posters explaining what Traditions Resort and Casino would look like and how it will impact the community.

"The phases and construction and what it's going to look like, where it's going to be located. And other features include the new Traditions foundation that we've established that will go to local nonprofits in the Southern Tier with gaming proceeds each year," said Traditions' Matt Walsh.

All of this is contingent upon whether the state awards Traditions a casino license, but the owners here are going all in.

Traditions said the casino will add over 1,500 jobs to the area. That's not including the 900 construction jobs they will need to build a state-of-the-art concert venue and large hotel.

Walsh says the state will look at how their proposed casino will impact the economy in the area and how much the community supports the project.

"I'd just like to see growth in our community, and of course something upscale and modern, and something we can see from the highway. It's going to bring more tourism here, it's going to be good for everybody. It's going to be the best thing since IBM," said Kirkwood resident Beth Smey.

Some residents said they were worried on how a casino would effect traffic, while some said they think it will help with the taxes and diversity in the area.

Walsh says they plan on placing their bid in the first six months of next year.