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Aqueduct convention center plan breaks down, Las Vegas casinos compete to replace Genting

June 04, 2012 08:30AM

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Gov. Cuomo and a rendering for the Aqueduct Convention Center

The ambitious plans Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out just five months ago for a massive convention center and possible casino near the Aqueduct race track has already fallen through, the Associated Press reported. Cuomo said talks with Malaysian developer Genting to build the controversial $4 billion center in Queens broke down. The firm had initially signed a non-binding letter of intent to develop the site.

Cuomo has altered his development vision, but still plans on a casino, which he predicted would be permitted when New Yorkers vote to legalize them in the near future.

While Genting isn’t out of the running altogether — it said it would still work to land the project — it will be joined by several major Las Vegas casino companies in a competition to spearhead the development.

The New York Post reported that Sands Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts have all told the state they want to bid on a potential project. The report also said Genting backed out of its non-binding agreement when New York refused to give it the exclusive gaming license in the New York City area. [AP via Crain's] and [Post]

  • stanleyturkel

    When the ongoing $463 million renovation to the Javits Center is completed, Javits will be ready for a new expansion project which can be implemented at no cost! Just sell the air rights over the Center to the developer of a new (and badly needed) Convention center hotel.

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