Work going fast at Mohawk Harbor thanks to mild winter

The Rivers Casino will start going up as early as next week as construction on the Mohawk Harbor site plows forward thanks to the mild winter.

Development of the 60-acre old Alco site off Erie Boulevard has been moving along with daily construction undisturbed because of the lack of snow in the Schenectady area so far this year.

“It’s been a lot more productive,” said Austin DiSiena, superintendent of Rifenburg Contracting of Troy, one of the contractors working on site. “Typically you will have lost days and then try to make up for them. This winter has been a lot more workable without frozen ground or snowfall.”

Rotterdam developer the Galesi Group is revitalizing the brownfield along the Mohawk River with housing, hotels, office and retail space, and a 50-slip harbor. The feature of the site will be the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor.

On Wednesday, a groundbreaking was held on the property for the $330 million Rivers Casino, which was approved for a license by the state Gaming Commission in December.

The casino is expected to be built and opened by next March, according to Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming, a Chicago-based company that will operate the casino.

The foundation for the casino is now being built. Then later this month Rifenburg along with LeChase Construction of Schenectady will start putting up steel for the casino.

Viccaro, Haley. “Work Going Fast at Mohawk Harbor Thanks to Mild Winter.”The Daily Gazette. N.p., 06 Feb. 2016. Web. 08 Feb. 2016.

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