Schenectady, Two Others Awarded Casino Licenses


SCHENECTADY — It’s official — Schenectady is getting a casino. The state Gaming Commission unanimously approved awarding a casino license to the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady during a meeting Monday in New York City. Along with the planned $330 million attraction along the Mohawk River in Schenectady, the commissionalso OK’d licenses for Lago Resort […]

In Depth: NewsChannel 13 checks-in on construction of new Schenectady casino


Roughly two years from now, roulette wheels will be spinning, cards will be shuffled, and poker chips will be piling up in Schenectady. However, the only thing piling up beside the Mohawk River are steel pilings and large mountains of dirt. So at this point, where do things stand on the Rivers Casino project? It […]

Hotel construction under way at Schenectady casino site


Galesi Group broke ground on a $15 million, 124-room Courtyard by Marriott, the first of two hotels being planned for its 60-acre Mohawk Harbor development, which will include the $330 million Rivers Casino. The hotel, which will be built by BBL Construction of Albany, will be the first of 1 million square feet of new housing […]

Eating out on Schenectady’s State Street


Here’s a tipoff that you seem new to the area. When a waitress says to you: “You must be new.” That happened to me in August when I was hanging around State Street in Schenectady. I was on a kind of mini culinary tour of this place — I haven’t gotten to spend much time […]

Galesi gets OK for Mohawk Harbor townhouses


SCHENECTADY — The Schenectady Planning Commission approved Galesi Group’s townhouse building for Mohawk Harbor and named a new chairman during a meeting Wednesday evening. The Rotterdam developer returned to the commission for approval on the building a second time after downsizing from 24 to 15 units and changing the design. The commission unanimously approved the new […]

NY Assembly speaker Heastie tours Schenectady


SCHENECTADY – NY Assembly Speaker Carl Heasite, a Democrat from the Bronx, says he has only seen on Broadway show in New York City – when he was 8 years old. Heastie, 47, admitted he isn’t “the biggest culturist when it comes to plays,” but after touring Proctors in Schenectady on Wednesday, he said he […]

Schenectady casino design gets green light


SCHENECTADY — This time the Schenectady casino’s design is final. The city Planning Commission approved the site plan for the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor — with one no vote — after a two-hour meeting Wednesday evening. The green light from the commission was the last approval needed for the casino to be built. […]

Tour a peek at Mohawk Harbor early construction


The din of heavy machinery penetrating into the dirt with mammoth 55-foot-long steel columns is resounding proof that a swath on the southeastern corner of an old dilapidated factory is being transformed into a harbor. A short walk toward the Mohawk River reveals more signs of what the Rotterdam-based developer and its professional experts say will […]

Casino’s job fair attracts 1,000 plus


Pamela Carnegie said she’s excited about the future jobs a casino in Schenectady would bring and exploring her options in a new market. Carnegie, 59, said she would like to be a table game dealer at the future Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor off Erie Boulevard. “I’m excited about it because I was […]

Casino builders tout river views, huge revenues


PITTSBURGH — The Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh could be mistaken for a shopping center or business headquarters if its massive parking garage didn’t have electronic signs flashing casino amenities and giveaways. The 242,000-square-foot casino fronts the Ohio River, but river views from the city streets are blocked by its adjacent six-story parking garage on Casino […]

This time, a contemporary look


The building’s brick facade has been replaced by metal panels and precast stone to make Rivers Casino look more contemporary for what a design consultant for the gaming operator repeatedly described Thursday as the “new Schenectady.” The remarks from Mike Levin over the speaker phone came not long after Rush Street Gaming of Chicago publicly revealed its redesigned […]

Latest Renderings of Rivers Casino Released


Updates provide more details on the layout and appearance of the casino and its amenities, and outline new aesthetic features aligning to the Schenectady community SCHENECTADY — The development team behind Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor released today updated renderings and floor plans of the property. The updates provide more detail on the layout and […]

Rush Street planning to tweak casino design


Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Carlin said he changed the casino’s design because, compared with the rest of the Mohawk Harbor development, “it was like a different planet.” “We had some extra time to think about it and came up with something that I think fits the city better,” Carlin said during an editorial board meeting on […]

Schenectady’s $350 million casino will be seeking local vendors, suppliers, workers

Businesses that want to supply products and services for the new $350 million Rivers Casino and Resort proposed in Schenectady, New York will get a chance to learn more about the process during an upcoming vendor fair. Officials at Rush Street Gaming, the Chicago-based operator seeking a state license to build the casino along the […]

The Future Slipping Into View; Harbor work underway at former Alco site


SCHENECTADY — A harbor is being built and roads are being carved now on the old Alco land as part of Galesi Group’s massive redevelopment of the 60-acre brownfield site. It doesn’t look like much is happening on the property from Erie Boulevard, but step onto the site and workers with Rifenburg Construction of Troy […]

Schenectady casino seeks site plan approval


SCHENECTADY — The Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor will be 160,000 square feet with a 185-room hotel featuring a total of 14,929 square feet of signage. Rush Street Gaming of Chicago is seeking site plan approval for one of the state’s first commercial casinos during the city Planning Commission’s next meeting on June 17. The […]

Harbor Project Takes Shape; Planning Commission Approves Apartment, Condominium Phase


The city Planning Commission approved housing and retail for the old Alco site as part of Galesi Group’s development of the 60-acre riverfront property. The design of the apartment building with retail on the first floor and a condominium building plays into the city’s industrial history with brown exterior and heavy steel, said J.T. Pollard, […]

NEWS10 Special Report: Capital Region Casino


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A casino is coming to the city of Schenectady, but the developer says plans to transform the waterfront have been in the works for years. The developer said plans to transform the Schenectady waterfront was being planned before the city applied for a casino. The transformation was going to happen either […]

Build success on brownfield


Two Sundays ago, the Times Union raised questions about the cleanup of the former ALCO site in Schenectady and followed up with an editorial the next day suggesting redevelopment of the ALCO site should not move forward. The ALCO redevelopment project is already well under way. We built a new $50 million green office building […]

Planners sign off on hotel for Mohawk Harbor site


SCHENECTADY — The city Planning Commission approved a 124-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel at Mohawk Harbor as part of Galesi Group’s plans to develop the site with a casino and housing. Dan Hershberg of the Albany engineering firm Hershberg and Hershberg presented the design, saying he believes the upscale hotel would be a good fit […]