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Gateway to Leave Western Fair for South London
Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is one of Canada’s gaming giants, and the company involved in so many of the positive casino developments occurring across the country in the last few years. Indeed, Gateway has spearheaded many of the casino projects that have cropped up across provinces in Canada over the last few years.
One of the biggest development projects that Gateway has been linked with in recent times is the building of a casino at London’s Western Fair District. The Ontario city has been earmarked as the ideal place for Gateway to expand its empire, but there seems to have been a change in mentality when considering the area in which the casino should be built, with a plan for Gateway to move the casino project southwest.
After running out of luck with negotiations, it seems that Gateway has set its sights on moving south of the district, specifically, London’s Wonderland Road. This is a move that comes as a crushing blow to Western Fair, especially after zoning permits were passed in order to push through the project, but things seem to have collapsed. Gateway’s director of communications Rob Mitchell stated, “It just became increasingly difficult to come to an agreement [at the Western Fair District] and there were a number of issues that arose that we couldn’t have anticipated.” Among these were thought to be archaeological issues, and other problems that
The development in London looks like it should be going through without problems, and will still bring plenty of economic growth to the area. The initial project pitched involved over 1,000 slot machines, as well as 46 table games, with a C$140 million dollar renovation and 700 new jobs. It is hopeful that this will still be the case now that Gateway has inked in a new site deal at the city’s south end.
London will no doubt be looking forward to the development that is going to create more jobs and bring plenty of money to the area. There are likely those who oppose the changes, as there are with all projects of this nature, but it is clear that there are a lot of positives when it comes to helping the local area.