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What do you do with old Kawartha Slots site

01:48 PM 21 Jul 2017 NZST
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Shorelines Slots located at Kawartha Downs in Fraserville is planned to close upon the opening of a new casino in Peterborough in the third quarter of 2018.
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The general manager at Kawartha Downs says they’re still figuring out uses for the site once the casino moves out.

While the site is being cleared for Peterborough’s new casino, questions loom about what’s happening to the old building for Shorelines Slots.

Kawartha Downs general manager Orazio Valente says he's still planning what to do with the building in Fraserville.

He adds no one has approached Kawartha Downs about “alternate uses” for the site which has a racetrack, restaurant and large slots area, plus offices.

Valente says he’s hoping to announce something in the autumn but he’s not ready to say anything yet.

“We’re starting to form contingency plans,” he explains. “There’s not much I can probably share with you now.”

The gaming and racing centre opened on July 22, 1972 and has been home to slot machines, harness racing, as well a paved speedway for cars. The current building was added to the site in the late 1990s.

At the gaming site at 3:30 p.m. on a weekday, nearly every other machine was occupied. The main room was still filled with 500 slots machines, with many of the gamblers being seniors.

In April 2016, Shorelines announced it was planning to move from its location in Cavan Monaghan Township to a new facility in Peterborough on Crawford Drive.

Allan Seabrooke, the city’s chief administrative officer, says work has begun at the new site and the ground is currently being cleared. A groundbreaking ceremony is likely to occur in August.

He says the anticipated opening date is planned for the third quarter of 2018.

“It really depends on weather and how long it takes to construct the building itself,” he adds.

by Taylor Clysdale

Taylor Clysdale covers municipal, provincial and federal politics for Peterborough This Week.You can follow him on Twitter @TaylorClysdale and reach him at

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