Officials in the Town of Ajax are concerned that if the proposed Durham Live Entertainment Centre in neighbouring Pickering is selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. for the site of a casino, the move could spell the end of Ajax Downs, which has its own expansion plans.
News of the simmering situation comes courtesy of a piece by Gaming Post which states that Pickering City Council has given its final approval for the zoning bylaw and that the ball is now in the court of the OLG.
The proposed expansion calls for a 220-acre, multi-faceted entertainment destination. The location of the expansion would be right along the Pickering/Ajax border. The Town of Ajax has appealed Pickering’s decision on the re-zoning of the proposed location.
Last spring, officials with Ajax Downs filed plans to expand the Quarter Horse racing and gaming facility. The plans called for the introduction of another 200 gaming tables to the facility and to triple the existing amount of slot machines.
Ajax Downs is the home to 800 slot machines, and officials with the organization are worried that the facility’s future is in jeopardy
(With files from Gaming Post)