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.