The building’s brick facade has been replaced by metal panels and precast stone to make Rivers Casino look more contemporary for what a design consultant for the gaming operator repeatedly described Thursday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 plans for the $330 million Rivers Casino that the company hopes will pass muster with the public and city planning officials.
The $480 million retail-residential project, known as Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor, is a partnership between Rush Street and Rotterdam-based Galesi Group Inc., which includes a boat slip, hotels, a bike path and condos on the 60-acre tract on Erie Boulevard.
Last month, there was something of a public outcry when Rush Street unveiled its second design that many people complained looked nothing like the original plan and did not represent the rich history and people of the Electric City or fit in with other buildings downtown.
In response, Levin said the developers put the project on hold so the design team could meet and do some retooling to make it more reflective of Schenectady.
The inside layout of the 50,000-square-foot gambling hall, which features 66 table games and 1,150 slot machines, has not been altered, Levin said. The total square footage is nearly 150,000 square feet and will feature a steak house, entertainment lounge, marketplace restaurant with light fare, spa and banquet facility. A 150-room hotel and parking garage will be attached to the casino.
Nelson, Paul. “This Time, a Contemporary Look.” Times Union. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 July 2015.