Resorts World unveils US $5bn project for a Las Vegas-style casino in New York

Resorts World New York City (RWNYC) has unveiled a once-in-a-generation project set to not only transform the entertainment landscape in New York City but benefit all residents through massive job creation. If awarded a license, RWNYC will be able to activate a US$5bn plan that includes full Las Vegas-style gaming as soon as the end of this year.

ommunity stakeholders from across the borough, city and state joined the Resorts World team at its site in Southeast Queens – one of the most successful gaming establishments in the nation – to reveal the multibillion dollar plans for its next chapter of growth.

We’re proud to have grown with the Queens community for over a decade.  When we stood here more than a dozen years ago to break ground on Resorts World New York City, our vision extended well beyond that already-ambitious original plan – today, that vision can soon become reality,” said Robert DeSalvio, President of Genting Americas East.

Since we opened in 2011, we have been proud to work with New York City and State and the local community to deliver thousands of good-paying union jobs; billions of dollars in tax revenue to New York’s schoolchildren; and true partnership to hundreds of local non-profits. With the advent of the newly imagined Resorts World New York City we can, and will, do far more.”

RWNYC’s next chapter plans would increase its workforce by four-fold to 5,000 permanent union jobs in the casino and hospitality industry, over half of which would start work within the first 100 days of full casino operations. To accelerate workforce enhancement, RWNYC will expand its Dealer School that has curriculum approved by the New York State Gaming Commission, as well as its slot technical training programs, culinary and vocational training, and apprenticeship and internships programs. Additionally, the project will create an estimated 5,000 union construction jobs, with many of those coming online as early as this year.

The new RWNYC also reflects the community’s need for large scale meeting, ballroom, and conference space. Community leaders and elected officials have long fought for more space in the boroughs outside of Manhattan, especially near JFK International Airport. RWNYC has responded to that call with a proposal to create 350,000 square feet of meeting, conference, and entertainment space – the second largest of its size in New York City.

RWNYC has partnered with the Queens-based Crescent Consulting to support, expand, and exemplify its mission to bridge the diversity gap in the procurement process. RWNYC has and will continue its goal to exceed State and industry vendor and procurement standards for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs).

RWNYC has seen the value, impact, and vibrancy of Queens for more than a dozen years. The goal has always been to help the borough fulfill its place in New York City as an economic driver for the diverse communities that call it home. To that end, RWNYC will add some two million square feet of entertainment, gaming, retail, dining, and convention space – adding on top of the existing one million-square-foot facility.

The proposed 350,000-square-foot casino floor will be one of the largest in the world. It will be staffed by a diverse workforce filled by New York City residents who will go through rigorous training to deliver a best-in-class gaming experience.

The project will add 1,600 new hotel rooms on top of the 400 already online at the Hyatt Regency JFK Airport at RWNYC.

Guests from around the world and right here in Queens will experience the ultimate in amenities including a new, 7,000-seat entertainment venue; the Ayu DayClub, where customers can enjoy a custom curated beverage and the hottest DJs from around the globe; as well as the luxurious Awana Spa.

The future consolidation of horse racing at Belmont Park will allow the State to open a process to re-envision the remaining Aqueduct parcel. RWNYC welcomes that process and is making a multimillion-dollar commitment today to propose and engage the community in jointly creating a new Aqueduct Park to honor the legacy of the historic site while serving the needs of today. Aqueduct Park represents an additional $5bn investment answering community demands for union-built and labor-financed housing, a massive amount of greenspace and mass-transit improvements.

The creation of 3,000 homes will prioritize families in need of quality, workforce housing; and transportation improvements to JFK International Airport would enhance mass transit connectivity in Southeast Queens. As the catalyst for Aqueduct Park, RWNYC is committed to working with the top development professionals and a variety of world class funding partners to bring this vision to life.

Source: GMB / G3 Newswire