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Is Buffalo ready for a high-stakes casino?

The Seneca Nation of Indians is proving it means business when it comes
to locating a $333 million casino/hotel complex in downtown Buffalo.

   Just four months after unveiling final plans for what will rate as one of
most expensive private project's in the city's history, construction has begun.
Steel piling retention walls are going in now, to be followed by excavation next
month, and the steel outline of the casino and 22-story luxury hotel will rise up
along Michigan Avenue in August.

   Despite pending lawsuits to block the project, the Senecas say they'll be open
for business by mid-2010.

   Is Buffalo ready for high-stakes casino action?  Will there be a jackpot for the
community in terms of jobs, tourism and shared revenues?  Or will gambling turn
out to be it be a drain on resources?

-- Sharon Linstedt

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