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BREAKING NEWS | Ohio Racing Commission delays work on Austintown racino

Published: Wed, March 27, 2013 @ 11:50 a.m.

COLUMBUS — Construction on a planned Austintown racino and its projected opening date have been delayed after state racing officials declined to OK a relocation permit today and instead asked Penn National Gaming to add 650 indoor seats to the facility.

Steve Snyder, senior vice president of corporate development, said there is no room for additional seating for the building as proposed, and the company will have to start over on plans for the Hollywood Mahoning Valley Race Course.

The redesign process will take four to six months or more.

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1UNCOMMONSENSE(363 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

If I were Penn National I would tell the state of Ohio goodbye and take my money to a more business friendly state. New Castle, PA is still looking to build a casino and I am sure they would welcome the investment. If seating is such an issue then the state should agree to reimburse Penn National daily for every unused seat.

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2gdog4766(1489 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

It is supposed to be a horse track with an area for slot machines. Not a vacuum for welfare and social security benefits with a small area for a horse track.

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(363 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

gdog if you think the true purpose is horse racing and not slot machines then you are as stupid as those demanding more seats. This is a prime example of why business does not locate to the area.

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4DwightK(1255 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Why did they wait until construction season to worry about the seating? It's like the state government doesn't want investment in Northeast Ohio.

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5harleydog(209 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

NoBS you are an idiot. I suprised you aren't blaming George Bush also.

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6theguins(169 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Mahoning County Republican Chairman Mark Munroe doing good for the Valley! Yep and Repukelicans claim the Dumbocrats are anti-business.

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7gdog4766(1489 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

You can't argue with stupid!

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8jbyrd1960(49 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

The best thing that could happen is they take this blood sucking casino elsewhere. It's only going to destroy the area around it. Y-town has enough drug dealers and prostitution, now Austintown/Niles will have more. It's already been proven just look at the areas outside suroundings of every cosino you know of. Eather it's in knowmans land, or in the slums. And trust me, it wasn't slums prior to the casino.

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