A major portion of construction of the Hollywood Gaming facility at the Dayton Raceway has been completed.
Hollywood Gaming officials were at the construction site today for a “topping out” ceremony in which ironworkers signed the final structural beam before it was hoisted into place by a crane.
The construction project, approved last year, will create about 1,000 construction jobs. The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authorities voted in June to authorize $65 million in bonds to finance the construction.
Construction of the 119-acre racino is on schedule, according to spokesman Bob Tenenbaum, and could be open to the public by summer.
Tenenbaum estimates the racino will generate 1,000 non-construction jobs. That’s counting people hired by the racino and those hired by companies to provide an array of good and services, such as maintenance workers.
Hollywood Gaming has casinos in Columbus and Toledo, and construction on a racino similar to the one being built in Dayton is underway in Youngstown. Officials said both racino projects are on similar schedules and should open within a couple weeks of each other.