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Land to be sold for Batavia Downs track-side hotel

BATAVIA – The sale of 35,000 square feet of property at Batavia Downs to a group of prominent Buffalo investors for the construction of a $7 million hotel at the Park Road facility has been approved.

Directors of Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. on Thursday approved the land sale to ADK Hospitality, a partnership of Anthony J. Baynes, founder and owner of Extra Mile Transportation LLC; Kent Frey, president of Frey Electric Construction Co.; attorney David McNamara of Phillips Lytle LP; and Roswell Park Cancer Institute neurologist Dr. Laszlo L. Mechtler.

“I have been authorized to complete the necessary agreements to sell a portion of the land for $605,000 for the purpose of building a hotel to be owned by ADK Hospitality,” said Michael D. Kane, CEO of the regional off-track betting corporation, on Friday.

The four-story hotel is to be located about 30 feet from the casino/racetrack and will feature 80 rooms, including some that will give guests a view of the track. Plans also call for the construction of a walkway on the second floor connecting the casino to the hotel.

Approval from the New York State Gaming Commission will be necessary because the project calls for the removal of part of the paddock area north of the current entrance to the track. The Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association also has to sign off on the deal, Kane said.

“The horsemen’s association is on board and we plan to have a final walk-through next Thursday before taking the plans to Schenectady to the Gaming Commission.”

Kane said the paddock renovations, which include reducing the current eight-race paddock to a six-race paddock, will have to be done before the start of the track’s racing season on July 26, but that ground-breaking could take place prior to that date.

He said the developers are hoping to complete construction of the hotel by the end of the year.