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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(627 comments)posted 3 years, 4 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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2redeye1(5678 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Just close it down now!

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(627 comments)posted 3 years, 4 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(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 4 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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5NoBS(2841 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Dwight - you guessed it!!! Kasich wants all the money to go to the areas that supported him, and none to the areas that didn't. That's why he wants to relocate the Turnpike money to Columbus and Cincinnati.

This racino is just more of the same.

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6harleydog(243 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

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

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7redeye1(5678 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

NoBS This area is all for the jackass party. This suppose to be a racetrack , not a casino. That is what the license is for., not a casino. So I'm all for the racing commission standing their ground. A rule is a rule, just because it's the valley Why they should be allow to break it. NO!

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8jbyrd1960(49 comments)posted 3 years, 4 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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