Miami Valley Gaming & Racing is set to start growing again with a $100 million expansion project.
The racino, located in Lebanon, Ohio and owned jointly by Delaware North and Churchill Downs Inc., is proposing to add a hotel, restaurant, parking garage and additional space for gaming machines.
The racino originally opened its doors in December 2013 with about 1,500 video lottery terminal gaming machines and now has more than 1,900 VLTs. The proposed expansion would add up to 250 additional gaming stations, bringing the total units in operation to about 2,200, while increasing the gaming floor space by 10,000 square feet.
“It’s no secret that with our continued success we have been looking at the feasibility of a major expansion project for some time now,” said Domenic Mancini, MVG president and general manager. “We’re looking forward to working with our state and local leaders to turn the proposal into reality.”
The expansion project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2021. MVG currently employs over 450 workers and is seeking to fill nearly 50 full- and part-time positions, including buffet and fine dining cooks, dishwashers, special event attendants, security officers, IT network and system engineers and gaming technicians.
The proposed hotel will have 194 rooms, while the parking garage will have spaces for approximately 1,000 cars. The hotel will allow MVG to expand its market beyond Cincinnati and Dayton by attracting business from major cities within a few hours drive such as Columbus and Indianapolis. For the past several months MVG has experienced parking constraints on busy weekends and holidays, and “the garage will help address that,” Mancini said.
Thalden Boyd Emery designed the original racino and has been retained to design and develop the next phase of this expansion project.
In addition to its gaming machines, MVG has four restaurants, two bars, a 5/8-mile harness racetrack with indoor grandstand, and racing simulcast center.
Owners: Delaware North & Churchill Downs Inc.
Architect: TBE Architects (Thalden Boyd Emery)
Investment: $100 Million