DAYTON, Ohio — Developers say construction of a Dayton “racino” starts this week.
Groundbreaking on the state’s newest horse track equipped with slot-like gambling machines is set to begin Thursday morning.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the $125 million Hollywood at Dayton Raceway is being built on 119 acres that was the site of an auto parts manufacturing plant. It’s set to open in mid-2014.
The racino will feature harness racing on 5/8-mile track plus 1,500 video lottery terminals, along with restaurants and food concessions.
Its owner — Penn National Gaming Inc. — says the racino will create 1,000 new jobs at the track and 1,000 construction jobs while it’s being built.
A new racino is also planned for Austintown, in the Youngstown area.