The city council has formalized an agreement with the Hard Rock casino for expansion plans.
Hard rock casino is hoping to increase the number of gaming tables from 35 to 55, will also build a 2,500-seat theatre along with restaurants, a nine-storey hotel and parking facilities for more than 1,200 vehicles.
Hard rock casino requested the zoning change in the past which was approved by the City Council last may on a condition that, Hard rock casino would need to improve the surrounding road infrastructure.
After striding the issues the Agriculture and rural affairs committee recommended that the access need to be given from the Bank Street to enter the new expanded complex in order to prevent the traffic passing through Albion Road. The company will also be working with the City Council in the improvement of intersection of Albion Road and Lester Road, north of the Casino.
The company’s management has accepted the terms, in writing by sending letter to the City Council twice, to fulfil the requirement by improving the roads and other work mentioned by the City Council of Ottawa.
Scott Moffatt from the Agriculture and Rural affairs committee said, it’s in the best interest of Hard Rock to have better road network in the surrounding. They are trying for a world class complex built with good roads to get there, no matter what impact the newly built facilities will have on traffic, no matter what the company have to do in order to limit these impacts.
The decision to grant the permission of expansion will allow increased access to gambling has not been taken lightly by the City Council. The councillor, “Scott Moffatt”, noted comments from many of his colleges who believed that even adding a single gaming table would increase the risk of creating new problem gamblers.
In last week’s vote, the council adopted a special measure. If Hard Rock Casino wishes to increase the number of gaming tables again, it will have to apply to City Council. Even if the request would normally require the sole approval of the Committee of Derogation.
There was some concern that going through the committee of override to increase the number of gaming tables was not the most transparent way” says Moffatt. It gives people a chance to say yes to a potential increase in the number of gaming tables, to vote on a proposal, to be heard. The Committee of Derogation is public, but it is not the same as going to the municipal council.