Ellis Leisure has plans to open racing machine venue in Towne Sq. Mall

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) – Ellis Leisure has introduced plans to open a brand new historic racing machine (“HRM”) leisure venue.

Officers say Ellis Leisure Owensboro, in Owensboro, Kentucky will embody a brand new 60,000-square-foot racing and gaming vacation spot positioned within the Towne Sq. Mall growth.

They are saying the brand new facility will function a stadium-style race and sports activities themed bar and grill.

Building on the brand new facility is deliberate to start in early 2022.

“We at Ellis Leisure are extremely excited to deliver our high quality, worth, and repair core values to a brand new venue in a brand new market in Kentucky,” mentioned Jeffery Inman, Basic Supervisor of Ellis Leisure. “Along with this being a significant addition to the Owensboro group, we consider the brand new venue will create $6 million to $8 million in further purse cash per yr at Ellis Park, which can assist enhance the standard of racing for {the summertime} leg of the Kentucky Thoroughbred circuit.”

Officers say the roughly $20 million funding will create a further 200 new jobs within the Owensboro group, together with greater than 100 new building jobs, and over 100 everlasting jobs as soon as operations begin.

Hiring for the brand new full-time and part-time positions will start late subsequent yr.

“Owensboro is happy to welcome Ellis Leisure to the group and to assist kick begin the redevelopment of the Towne Sq. Mall space,” acknowledged Tom Watson, Mayor of Owensboro. “We’re very excited concerning the new jobs the venture will deliver with a novel leisure vacation spot to the market.”

Ellis Leisure has additionally introduced the continuation of a number of further investments at Ellis Park.

These enhancements embody beforehand introduced initiatives to widen the turf monitor by 20 ft, set up a model new state-of-the-art tote board monitor, lighting as much as 100 new HRMs, with new and improved meals and beverage venues on the 99-year-old monitor.

“In 2022, Ellis Park will have fun its a centesimal birthday, we couldn’t consider a greater technique to pay homage to the historical past of this iconic racing venue than by investing within the racing product and increasing our choices to our loyal company,” mentioned Timothy Perkins, Ellis Leisure Board of Supervisor Member. “Restoring this well-known park to its earlier glory has all the time been one in every of our major objectives after we bought the property in 2019. Right now we proceed down that path.”

“On behalf of the Henderson Neighborhood, I want to commend the management of Ellis Leisure for his or her continued funding within the jewel of Henderson Kentucky.” mentioned Brad Schneider, Henderson County Decide Govt. “I’ve been visiting Ellis Park for years, these new plans make sure that the racing will proceed to enhance and that my kids’s kids could have a spot to take pleasure in this summertime custom sooner or later.”

CEO of Higher Owensboro Financial Improvement Brittaney Johnson says that the addition might deliver some huge cash to town.

“Early 2023 when the venture is open, it would create upwards of $30 million financial influence within the larger Owensboro area yearly,” she mentioned.

Johnson mentioned that redevelopment is all the time an enormous purpose in Owensboro, and Ellis’s involvement might play a significant position in that.

“I believe that this can be nice for revitalizing this space and this a part of Frederica Avenue,” Johnson mentioned. “Clearly including to the mall, this can be an incredible vacation spot.”

Ellis Leisure representatives mentioned they’re working with an anticipated opening date in early 2023.

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