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Building Buffalo: Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino grows

Building Buffalo is a regular feature highlighting progress on development projects throughout the region.

Project name: Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino expansion

Address: Corner of Perry Street and Michigan Avenue, Buffalo

Developer: Seneca Gaming Corp.

Cost: $40 million

Government assistance: None

Description: 28,500-square-foot, two-story expansion of downtown casino, with 360 more slot machines and enhancements to dining and entertainment

Completion date: Spring 2017

Lowdown: It’s a good bet that the Seneca Gaming Corp. is about to hit a milestone.

Construction crews are preparing to install the final steel beam in place this week for the $40 million expansion of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown will join with leaders of the casino company and the Seneca Nation of Indians for a ceremonial “topping-off” on Wednesday afternoon, as the erection of the steel frame reaches its highest point.

The project, which kicked off in January, entails construction of a two-story, 28,500-square-foot expansion on the South Park Avenue side of the complex, featuring additional gaming, restaurant and retail space. That will bring the total size of the sprawling complex – which is technically sovereign Seneca Nation territory – to 95,500 square feet.

Specifically, the expansion will include 360 more slot machines and 10 more table games, bringing the casino’s total to 1,200 machines and 32 table games. A high-limit gambling room will be added for tables and slots, as well as a non-smoking area. And crews will install a small performance stage for live entertainment at Stixx Sports Bar. There will also be some changes to the Buffalo Savors Grill, additional retail space, a version of the Western Door Steakhouse restaurant on the second floor, and banquet space.

When completed, expected in spring 2017, the expansion will add 300 new jobs, for a total employee base of 800.

– Jonathan D. Epstein