Hamilton politicians have approved a compromise motion regarding any casino that may be in the city's future.
The motion confirms that the city is a "willing host" for a gaming facility, while adding that it prefers the Flamboro Downs site.
The motion leaves the downtown on the table, only if a request for proposals determines that the Flamboro site is not viable.
Flamborough Councillor Robert Pasuta is hoping for the best as far as the existing gaming site is concerned, noting that it is "the heart of our community out there."
The motion was approved unanimously, despite the concerns of Councillor Brian McHattie who describes himself as "less charitable".
McHattie says offering up downtown as a second option if we get to that point, leaves the idea of a casino in the core "on the table".
Councillor Jason Farr says there has to be someone who will look at the books as far as Flamboro Downs is concerned, and say "wow, this place makes 120 million dollars annually".
City staff have also made it clear that the Greenbelt will be an "impediment" to anyone hoping to expand the footprint at Flamboro Downs.
Ted McMeekin, the area's Liberal M-P-P, chimed in with a similar warning stressing that he's not aware of the government rezoning any portion of the Greenbelt since it came into existence.
About 15 minutes prior to the start of Thursday's meeting at City Hall, Councillor Farr also held a news conference to read from a statement from Global Spectrum/Live Nation.
The new private operator of Hamilton Place and Copps Coliseum says that if a casino were located downtown, it would seek contractual relief for the subsidy reduction guaranteed to the city over five years claiming that such an entertainment complex would "directly compete" with its venues.
That claim is disputed by the group behind the proposed 200 million dollar Rockhammer entertainment complex.
P-J Mercanti of Carmens says the 200 seat "live music lounge" that they are suggesting would in no way conflict with Copps or Hamilton Place.