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Traditions Announces Proposal for Casino

The competition for the Southern Tier's full-fledged casino license is heating up.
The competition for the Southern Tier's full-fledged casino license is heating up.

Last night, Traditions at the Glen unveiled its proposal to build a $150 million casino facility in the Town of Union. It would be built in front of Traditions location off Watson Boulevard and would house table games, slot machines, food service and other features. The new building would be five times larger than Traditions current hotel and conference center.

Owner, Bill Walsh, says the Governor wants resort destinations to spur more economic development. He says Traditions is ready to become a prime destination for locals and outsiders.

"We've already got a good start on amenities here. We've got 41 hotel rooms, we've got a spa, a golf course, we've got a 200 acre nature preserve right here. We've got a food and beverage operation that's probably 2nd to none in the valley. We think have a pretty good start on what we need to make this successful," said Walsh.

After the formal announcement, Traditions turned on lights outside that showed how long the proposed casino building would be. Its main competition for the license is Tioga Downs in Nichols.
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