Times Square casino faces long odds as powerful Broadway group rips plan

Times Square casino faces long odds as powerful Broadway group rips plan

The Shubert Group strongly reaffirmed Broadway theater house owners’ opposition to SL Inexperienced’s and Caesars Leisure’s controversial proposal to carry a on line casino to Occasions Sq..

Though the Broadway League, which represents theater house owners and producers, slammed the proposal introduced final month as “detrimental” to the town and to Occasions Sq., plenty of influential voices got here ahead to endorse it. Amongst them: Actors Fairness, former Police Commissioner Invoice Bratton (who devised a security plan for the realm with SL Inexperienced) and the house owners of native eating places together with Carmine’s, Virgil’s and Junior’s Cheesecake.

Some Occasions Sq.-watchers cited their help as exhibiting cracks within the anti-casino ranks. However the Broadway League stays the district’s most influential single drive, and Shubert is the biggest theater-owner.

Throughout a podcast final week hosted by CBRE senior financial advisor Spencer Levy, Shubert actual property VP Julio Peterson reiterated the League’s view that the plan to create a on line casino inside SL Inexperienced’s 1515 Broadway workplace tower could be “disruptive to theatergoers, and we don’t suppose it’s the very best factor for our district.”

Peterson stated he didn’t object to having a significant on line casino within the metropolis, however solely to placing it in Occasions Sq..

“I feel now we have to guard it and never get misplaced in kind of the instant gratification . . . and never consider long-term options and sustainability for Broadway,” he stated.

A Broadway Group rep stated the plan to create a on line casino inside SL Inexperienced’s 1515 Broadway workplace tower could be “disruptive to theatergoers.”Anne Wermiel/NY Submit

SL Inexperienced CEO Marc Holliday, in saying the partnership bid with Caesars, touted it as a “rallying level for Occasions Sq. to have a catalyst of one thing very constructive” to reverse some current “degradation” within the space, in addition to to pump billions of extra tax income to the town and state.

His firm is alleged to consider that the “Crossroads of the World” faces hassle not solely from crime upticks, but in addition from much less seen tendencies reminiscent of diminished workplace occupancy and the gradual substitute of nationwide retailers by fast-food retailers.

Nevertheless, SL Inexperienced is retaining the lid on the specifics of its proposal till the top of the yr — reminiscent of how the on line casino could be fitted inside, and what number of flooring it will have, at 1515 Broadway, a 54-story tower that’s house to Paramount World’s headquarters and to the Minskoff Theater the place “The Lion King” is enjoying.

Nobody at publicly traded SL Inexperienced would remark.

SL Inexperienced CEO Marc Holliday stated the proposed on line casino may very well be a “rallying level for Occasions Sq..”Bloomberg through Getty Photographs

However a supply stated the corporate was contemplating a “boutique, high-end gaming facility” that would come with a five-star lodge, retail, meals stations, particular signage and “experiential expertise” to broadcast into Occasions Sq..

The place to approve a on line casino within the 5 boroughs is as much as the state, which is anticipated to challenge a proper request for proposals by the top of the yr and select one of them in 2023. Amongst different hopefuls, Associated Corporations earlier introduced a partnership with Wynn Resorts to construct a on line casino at Hudson Yards.

The proposals shall be submitted to a six-person panel of metropolis and state officers. The blessings of a minimum of 4 panel members are required for any of the plans to maneuver to the state’s siting panel, which can choose a location.

The proposed on line casino could be housed in a 54-story tower at 1515 Broadway.Getty Photographs

However even after that, the town could have a say in plans for the chosen location — most likely together with environmental, traffic-pattern and land-use evaluations.

On Nov. 15, Metropolis Planning Fee chairman Dan Garodnick is to debate Occasions Sq.’s future — and the town’s position in it — at a Broadway Affiliation discussion board, which I’ll average on Tuesday at Bond 45.

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