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Galen, Clyde ready to draw people as del Lago Resort & Casino opens

Galen Town and Clyde Village officials have been busy since the announcement of a resort and casino in Tyre first hit the news more than two years ago.

Galen Supervisor Steve Groat said when he learned about the project he approached Wayne County Economic Development, asking for help on how to approach Wilmorite regarding the project and the benefits Galen could reap. The supervisor said he even went so far as to make a full proposal and developed a team of various county officials to work aggressively on bringing the then proposed casino 3.8 miles down the road to the town of Galen, he said.

The del Lago Resort and Casino will open the $440 million resort on Wednesday. The 205-room resort is slated to open this summer.

Groat’s requests for help from Wayne County Economic Development fell flat, he said. Although the county board of supervisors did pass a resolution putting their full support behind the casino project, Groat said nothing else has been done at the county level to take advantage of the opportunities the resort and casino has to offer.

Groat said economic development officials felt casino patrons would not veer off from their destination, namely the casino.

“Galen depends on being more of a bedroom community,” Groat said, “because the residual effect of the casino is more workforce than tourism right now.”

Groat reiterated an emphasis on “right now.” Down the road there is certainly room for more from the casino. Already the town has seen the arrival of private contractors looking to build townhouses for those looking to relocate to Galen. He also mentioned a push to develop a corridor for casino patrons coming from Route 104, although it is still in its early phases.

Clyde Mayor Gerald Fremouw concurred.

“There will be an increase in traffic coming through the village from the Route 104 corridor,” he said. “Our next phase is to find a way to get them to stop.”

Fremouw said the village has been very active in working with the casino officials. They worked with the casino to hold a dealer school during the hiring process, he said. The village will also be developing brochures that will be placed at the casino highlighting all that the village and area have to offer, including housing information for people who want to move closer, such as casino employees, Fremouw said.

The village sees some 75 to 100 boaters docking at the boat launch annually, the mayor said. Brochures will be available at the docks offering local tourist attractions, including the casino. Fremouw also said they recently received a grant to finish their part of the Erie Canalway Trail – another draw for not only boaters, but casino patrons passing through the village.

Supervisor Groat has also made a request with casino owners to recognize Wayne Hills as the casino’s official golf course. He has not yet heard back on their decision.

“We’ll continue to be active,” Groat said. And continue to encourage Wayne County for projects out this way.”

Tammy Whitacre is a reporter for Fingerlakes1.com covering Wayne County and the surrounding areas. You may email Tammy at tammy@fingerlakes1.com.

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