Now that the OTB is ready to file for bankruptcy, Aqueduct officials have unveiled two of the plans to turn the racetrack into a racino. Again.
As the Daily News reports:
"We want to make it a place that both reflects the old New York and the new New York and the community within which it sits, which is Queens," said Bob Blakeman of PS&S Design, the project's architect.
Some 1,200 video slots could be open by April. All 4,550 machines would be running by November 2010, officials said.
A 300-room hotel, garage, racing museum, shops, restaurants and 2,500-seat entertainment center would be done in 2012.
The group's plan would give the state $101 million upfront.
SL Green Realty Corp. partnered with Hard Rock to draft a rival plan that includes a 425-seat buffet and eight-station food court.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Thanksgiving at Aqueduct
Thanksgiving at the Aqueduct, Part 2
"the community within which it sits"
-- What a warm way to put it.
They should give Mario Botta a few rolls of quarters when they open, since they're ripping off his SF MoMA chopped tube skylight.
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