Florida-based Hard Rock International has moved closer to taking over gaming operations at the Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa following a city committee vote on turning the property into a fully-fledged gaming destination.
The property has been previously approved 1,250 slot machines and 21 table games, and under the terms of the latest proposed agreement, Hard Rock will take over the day-to-day operations of the casino from the province this fall for a term of 20 years.
Previously the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp announced that the casino operators would spend around $320m on construction of a new hotel, venue and 13,000 sq metre gaming space housing both slots and table games with the aim to establish an “electrifying, integrated entertainment destination”.
Controversy has however arisen over the establishing of the premises, with some claiming that there had been a lack of public input over the proposed plans. But, such qualms have been allayed somewhat with the announcement that a further full consultation would take place upon Hard Rock’s official application relating to the racetrack.
The latest meeting of councillors was to give approval of a technical requirement, necessary to allow for the relocation of the facility’s operating rights as well as the organisation of this public consultation into the project.
The city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee has further voiced positive recommendations over the casino, adding more weight to the notion that progress on the premises is to be relatively smooth sailing.