Progress on site transforms Mohawk Harbor

SCHENECTADY — Driving through the Mohawk Harbor development in a black SUV, David Buicko reflected on the progress that’s been made on the old industrial site so far. He pointed to the sign that’s gone up on the Rivers Casino, the amenities in the recently opened Marriott and windows waiting to be installed at the new Riverhouse apartments and talked about how far the site has come. Weaving around construction vehicles and pointing to ongoing project after ongoing project, the COO of the Galesi Group, the developer responsible for much of the activity at the Mohawk Harbor site, eventually arrived at waterfront apartments being built right along the harbor itself. “I guarantee these will be t

Take a look inside new hotel at the $150 million Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady

Schenectady's newest hotel is also the first business to open at the $150 million Mohawk Harbor development.The four-story, 124-room Courtyard Schenectady at Mohawk Harbor by Marriott is off Erie Boulevard (official address: 240 Harborside Drive). The hotel, which opened last week, is among several investments on the riverfront by the developer, The Galesi Group of Rotterdam, New York. Still to come are the $27 million HarborCenter, a 100,000-square-foot retail/office complex, and a 206-unit apartment building called The Riverhouse that has about 47,000 square feet of retail space along a promenade overlooking a newly dug harbor. The Mohawk Harbor development is near the $330 million Rivers

Rivers CEO spells out benefits of casino on Capital Region

SCHENECTADY — Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady is on track for a February opening, Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Carlin told members of the local business community on Thursday. ​ Speaking at the Center for Economic Growth’s annual meeting, Carlin laid out the benefits and expected positive impact of the casino on the region and provided attendees with specifics on the project. The casino is being built on the old Alco site on the Mohawk Harbor. ​ Carlin is a Chicago native who co-founded Rush Street Gaming. The company operates multiple casino properties, including the one in Schenectady, and the Rivers casinos in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Des Plaines, Illinois. ​ The Rivers Casino &

First Hotel Opens at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady

Inside the newly opened courtyard Marriott in Schenectady that broke ground earlier this year is 124 rooms, tailored to the business traveler or tourist. What will become the Rivers Casino and Resort opening next year is just a stones throw away. The Hotel will provide a shuttle to and from. "We feel that we're part of something bigger, not just a hotel but really helping Schenectady and Mohawk harbor be somewhere that people look to stay," said Marriott Director of Sales Tom Gabriel. For capital region Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Steiner the hotels opening he says means another investment in the community. "We do need rooms, we've seen a shortage of them," said Steiner. The two both

Mohawk Harbor Marriott hotel opens Thursday

SCHENECTADY — The new Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Mohawk Harbor will officially open Thursday night to guests. The 124 room hotel, located along Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, already has reservations booked for its first night, said General Manager Jeff Michaelson. The hotel is the first building to open on the Mohawk Harbor site. “We want to be a great partner for the city and the community,” Michaelson said Wednesday. The Marriott is four stories tall. In addition to the 124 guest rooms, it features a meeting room, a fitness center, an indoor pool and a restaurant, called The Bistro. Guests can access the hotel using the newly paved road into the harbor site, where a traffic light went

Capital Region Chamber's Leadership Tech Valley's Economic Development & Growth Day

Galesi Group CEO Dave Buicko, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Scott Clay and Carney McGuire, and Courtyard Schenectady Jeff Michaelson and Tom Gabriel welcomed the Capital Region Chamber's Leadership Tech Valley to Mohawk Harbor as part of the class Economic Development & Growth Day. Touring through Mohawk Harbor, Leadership Tech Valley was able to view a successful economic development project firsthand and get an exclusive view of the new Courtyard hotel and the Riverhouse apartments!

Schenectady's Harbor Center celebrates ceremonial groundbreaking

With construction underway in the background, local officials gathered Thursday for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Harbor Center along Erie Boulevard. The new building, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, will be a roughly 100,000 square foot office space and retail complex. The Harbor Center is one of several ongoing projects on the Mohawk Harbor site in Schenectady, which leaders said help make the city a regional destination. “This is the new face of Schenectady,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who spoke at the groundbreaking. Harbor Center is a $27 million facility that will be comprised of two buildings. One Harbor Center will be a 39,000 square foot building, and Two

Ground breaking for office and retail space building at casino site

The gold shovels threw the ceremonial dirt onto an already paved road to break ground on One Hudson Center and Two Hudson Center. Outside the tent, crews had already started building the 100,000 square foot complex. Galesi Group says they are building a community. "The casino is a component. The casino is an entertainment center. This is not about a casino," said Dave Buicko, Galesi Group CEO. One Harbor Center and Two Harbor Center will house retail and office space. The buildings will join two hotels, 200 apartments, 50 condos, townhouses, a hulking parking garage, and the 67 table game casino. In total, it is a 480 million dollar project. Buicko says millennials will want to live

Schenectady casino hosting hiring fair

The Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, New York, will hold a hiring fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Representatives from the $330 million casino's owner, Rush Street Gaming of Chicago, will meet with candidates for on-the-spot screening and interviews at the Social Enterprise and Training Center located at 131 State St. in Schenectady. ​ Candidates should bring resumes. ​ The casino is hiring for positions in various departments including accounting, hospitality and gaming. Click here to see the full list of openings. ​ The casino expects to hire more than 1,200 employees before its early 2017 opening. Read more: here Roiter, Andrew. "Schenectady Casino Hosting Hiring Fair." Alban