Las Vegas – 1 July 2014 – Caesars Acquisition Company and Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced the proposed development of Caesars New York, an $880 million luxury casino resort in Woodbury, New York. This afternoon, Caesars Acquisition Company, through its subsidiary, Caesars Growth Partners, submitted its application to the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a gaming license, which will be managed and operated by Caesars Entertainment and its affiliates. The application details plans for the resort and presents information about Caesars’ operations and history.
Situated in the heart of the Hudson Valley, approximately 50 miles from New York City, the proposed project will be a sustainably designed, contemporary structure that complements the region’s natural surroundings to create a world-class entertainment retreat. The resort is projected to attract more than 10 million visitors a year, making it a strong economic engine for the State of New York, Orange County and Woodbury. Caesars New York will work closely with other businesses in the State to maximize the economic development opportunity in the region as outlined in the Gaming Act.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to bring the Caesars brand to New York State and create a world-class entertainment facility, adding a new destination the Total Rewards loyalty network and attracting visitors from throughout the region and around the world,” said Gary Loveman, chairman and chief executive officer of Caesars Entertainment. “If we are successful in winning a license, Caesars New York will create thousands of jobs and become an engine for economic growth in the area. We are grateful for the support we have received from Woodbury residents and businesses and look forward to working closely with local officials if we win a license.”
Based on current estimates, Caesars projects an estimated total of $230 million in anticipated annual tax revenues with $29 million annually going to the local community and $10 million to Orange County. The project is anticipated to create approximately 4,500 direct jobs including 1,500 construction jobs and approximately 3,000 permanent, well-paying, mostly union jobs.
Caesars has entered into a neutrality agreement with the New York Hotel Trades Council and a project labor agreement with the Hudson Valley Building Trades Council with regard to the operation and construction of the proposed resort. In its application, Caesars has outlined a plan to open the resort approximately 24 months after receiving necessary permits and approvals.
“Caesars New York exemplifies the high-growth opportunities that Caesars Growth Partners was established to pursue,” said Mitch Garber, CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company. “We are excited about the opportunity to develop in Woodbury.”
The proposed resort, situated on a wooded 115-acre site in Woodbury, will include approximately 300 luxury hotel rooms, suites and villas, 2,560 state-of-the-art slot machines, 190 table games and 50 poker tables. The poker room will carry the World Series of Poker brand and become a leading East Coast home to the WSOP and its events, many of which are broadcast on ESPN. Caesars New York will include a flexible entertainment space, ideally suited for business meetings, celebrations, entertainment and WSOP circuit events.
The resort will also add a world-class dining program to the Hudson Valley, potentially including restaurants from some of the celebrity chefs who work with Caesars across its network of properties. The six planned restaurants include a range of concepts from fine dining to a Streets of New York food hall concept featuring cuisine from local restaurateurs. Caesars has successfully showcased local operators in many of its properties around the country. Among those who have expressed interest in developing a restaurant at Caesars New York are Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa. Caesars New York will also include a luxury spa and fitness center.
Caesars has worked closely with officials from Woodbury and has entered into host community benefit agreements for the local area. Caesars has committed in these agreements to make various upfront and ongoing payments intended to mitigate the project’s impacts on the host communities, as well as to provide additional community benefits such as funding local police and fire, sewer and water infrastructure investment, and to address other ongoing costs. Caesars has also agreed to employ a private ambulance service, invest in local workforce development and support local businesses. In addition, Caesars will invest more than $10 million for community benefits including the development of two all-weather turf recreation fields.
Caesars has also committed to invest a minimum of $20 million to improve traffic circulation near the proposed resort, including funding a substantial portion of the long-delayed improvements at Exit 131 on the New York State Thruway. The contribution will be satisfied through a combination of construction of critical improvements and financial contributions to the NYDOT’s previously planned improvements.