Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
|Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel|
|View of front entrance in the evening|
|Location||Niagara Falls, NY, USA|
|Address||310 Fourth Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14303
|Opening date||Casino: December 31, 2002 Hotel: January 2, 2006|
|Theme||Bears/Woods/Water (Niagara areas natural state)|
|No. of rooms||594|
|Total gaming space||147,000 sq ft (13,700 m2)|
|Signature attractions||Spa, Casino, Hotel, and Restaurants|
|Notable restaurants||Java Café
Thunder Falls Buffet
Three Sisters Café
The Western Door: A Seneca Steakhouse
|Owner||The Seneca Nation Of Indians|
|Years renovated||Thunder Falls Buffet (2007, 2012)|
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is a casino located in Niagara Falls, New York and was built to compete with Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It was formerly the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center.
The casino floor has an area of 147,000 sq ft (13,700 m2) with 99 gaming tables and 4,200 slot machines.
It is the largest hotel in New York outside of Manhattan.
A 604 room 26-story hotel tower with a view of the Niagara Falls skyline, was completed in December 2005. Ernest Sternberg, a professor of urban planning at the University of Buffalo, had reservations about the extent of economic benefits to the city.
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In February 2008, The Seneca Gaming Corp. announced the expansion of the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Property. It will add more hotel rooms, and other amenities.
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- Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel - This facility in Salamanca, New York features a casino, spa, six restaurants and a new hotel in 2007.
- Fallsville Splash Park located next to the Seneca Niagara Casino was condemned by the State of New York and transferred to the Seneca Gaming Corporation. It has been demolished for Phase 2 of expansion.
- Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino - Seneca's newest casino in downtown Buffalo, New York.
Adjacent properties owned by Seneca Gaming Corp.
Adjacent properties owned by the Seneca Gaming Corporation are not located on Seneca territory owned by the sovereign Indian nation, therefore it is technically illegal to put slot machines or gamble, let alone the proposed casino. The Splash Park Property where Phase 2 of expansion is to take place is also located on non-sovereign land.
The former Convention Center is located on sovereign land, and the casino itself is operated by Gaming Corporation.
Taxing of non-sovereign adjacent properties owned by the Gaming Corporation
The surrounding area adjacent to the Seneca Niagara Casino has been the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed by attorney John Bartolomei in October 2010 on behalf of Fallsite LLC and residents who are angry over a 4% tax hike to be passed in 2011. The Seneca Niagara Casino is located on sovereign land owned by the Seneca Nation of Indians. However, the land adjacent to the casino, including parking garages adjacent to Niagara St., the site of a former Pizza Hut on the corner of Niagara St. and John B. Daly Blvd., the Holiday Inn property on the corner of 3rd Street and Duggar Drive, the former Niagara Aerospace Museum in between 3rd and 4th Streets and Niagara Street and Wendel Way, the former E. Dent Lackey Plaza (now a parking lot) in between Wendel Way, Duggar Drive, 3rd Street and 4th Street, former private homes on 5th and 6th Streets, and the Splash Park Property on the corner of Falls Street and John B. Daly Blvd, is owned by the Seneca Gaming Corporation. The Seneca Gaming Corporation is non-sovereign and therefore taxable, but is left off of the city tax rolls. If taxed, the corporation would be the largest payer of taxes in the City of Niagara Falls.
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