Hard Rock Ottawa awaits approval of zoning application for planned expansion

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Hard Rock, Rideau Carleton Raceway apply for site rezoning to permit hotel as part of $318 million investment

Ottawa Construction News staff writer

Hard Rock International and the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino have filed a rezoning application to develop their casino and entertainment project at the existing Rideau Carleton Raceway site.

The organizations say in a news release that they plan to invest more than $318 over six years on the multi-phased project.

The zoning bylaw application seeks permission to include a hotel, an increase in the building height to accommodate the hotel, “the addition of a ‘theatre’ as a permitted use, for 2,500 seat Hard Lock Live Venue, and an allowance for an additional 20 gaming tables.

 “We are excited to have this opportunity to create a vibrant entertainment destination for not only residents of Ottawa, but for the millions of tourists that visit the Nation’s Capital each year,”  Hard Rock International chair Jim Allen said in a statement. “Our commitment is to develop a world-class facility while ensuring the highest standards of customer service and responsible gaming practices.”     

“Our application for rezoning puts us that much closer to breaking ground on a project that we are confident will re-energize the Ottawa entertainment scene and give our local economy and horse racing industry a significant boost,” said Andrew Wright, director of the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino.



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