Native tribal artifacts found on proposed casino land

By Perry Russom

May 13, 2014 Updated May 14, 2014 at 1:06 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Traditions at the Glen continues to alter its plans to build a casino.

Tuesday night, the latest blueprints were presented to the Town of Union Planning Board, and those plans were met with backlash from neighbors.

One alteration deals with the hotel. Rather than building it above the casino on the second floor, the hotel will have its own wing.

Neighbors of the resort and spa had a chance to voice their concerns with the proposal, highlighting traffic, noise and property value.

"Traffic is a good thing," said Bill Walsh, Traditions owner. "If you talk to any of the businesses that live along Watson Boulevard, they're looking for traffic. They want the community to thrive."

Some worry if Traditions wins the casino bid, their property values would plummet.

Walsh said balancing the plans with neighbors' concerns is an evolving process.

"Naturally, we have to comply with the town ordinances and the town codes, which we have every intention of doing," said Walsh. "There are numerous environmental issues that we're working through with this project and we need to be concerned with the residents that are being affected by this project."

Plans also had to be adjusted after archeological surveys.

Walsh said there are a handful of archeological sites on their land where artifacts like arrowheads and old pottery from native tribes were found.

Rather than digging them up, they're going to alter roads around them.

As for some of those concerns voiced about property values, Walsh said realtors have assured him that home prices would skyrocket if Traditions wins the casino bid.

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