It's a huge plan.
The backers of a proposed downtown casino say their $200-million entertainment complex will create at least 1,200 living-wage jobs and become one of the largest private-sector employers in Hamilton.
The name of the corporation is RockHammer Inc. It's directors include PJ and Peter Mercanti, both of Carmen’s Group, and McMaster business professor Nick Bontis.
Another partner is LIUNA vice-president, Joe Mancinelli.
Some of the highlights of RockHammer’s proposal include: a Hard Rock casino that will take up 15 to 20 per cent of the total square footage of the complex, 1,200 slot machines and several table games, a 280-room hotel, restaurants, a comedy club and several luxury retail outlets.
Also in the works is the Canadian Rock Museum, with live performances by Hamilton bands five nights a week, 1,200 full-time, living-wage jobs, and additional job opportunities in retail as well as a gambling addiction program offered in partnership with Mission Services
Hamilton Councillors have until the end of February to make a decision about the future of gambling in Hamilton.
Scott Thompson talks to PJ Mercanti, Nik Bontis and Joe Mancinelli.
Matt Holmes speaks to Ben Guyatt who would run a comedy club in the facility
Matt Holmes talks to Barry Coe from Mission Services
Read the official press release CLICK HERE
Read RockHammer's breakdown of the finances CLICK HERE