Construction is underway on a $12 million project at the Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack in Farmington, where an upgrade is expected to improve the casino and add jobs.
The expansion will help provide a big boost to the local economy.
More than two million people visited the Finger Lakes Casino and racetrack in Farmington in 2012.
As the casino gets ready to celebrate nine years of gaming operations next month, construction has begun on its largest expansion project since the addition of video lottery terminals in 2004.
The 33,000 square feet will allow for 350 more games, a new sit down restaurant along with a bar and lounge. It will also add 75 jobs to the 500 already employed.
"It's going to allow us to hopefully increase the experience for people here and increase our impact on the community from a job standpoint and from an economic standpoint," said Marketing Director Steve Martin.
News of the expansion project spread quickly throughout this area as nearby businesses are hoping to feel a positive impact from the casino's investment.
Up the street from the Casino and Racetrack, a local diner has been in business for 28 years. The owner of Park Place Restaurant says he is enjoying the good times right now and the expansion can only help add more customers.
"It generates business, that's what it does. With this area, it's growing, if this track grows, more businesses are coming out this way, you know, so I think it's gonna help a lot," said owner Nick Styliadis.
The Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack says the property could expand even more if an amendment authorizing full casino gaming passes the state legislature this spring and is approved by voters statewide.
"We've said in the past that if we were given that opportunity, given that license to do that, then we would have an $80 million expansion that would include a hotel and all sorts of other amenities," said Martin.
But for now, the focus is on the current expansion. The opening is slated for November.