New renderings of the planned Coney Island Casino released

Project developers are helping Brooklyn residents get a better idea of ​​the future of Coney Island by releasing several new visualizations of the planned casino construction next to the boardwalk.

The development would span several blocks and alter the iconic view at the corner of Stillwell and Surf Avenues.

Reactions from community members News 12 spoke with ranged from “It's beautiful” and “The pictures are very inviting” to more skeptical responses like “The better it looks, the worse it is” and “It's a very big building. It's going to put a lot of businesses out of work.”

The $3 billion project would include not only a casino, but also a hotel, a concert hall and event space.

However, the company faces an uphill battle as it is one of at least eight serious competitors vying for just three casino licenses in the southern part of the state.

“We've always been viewed as underdogs, especially this project,” said Robert Cornegy, senior consultant to The Coney. “The fact that we've been able to demonstrate that we have the architectural skills necessary shows that we're capable of pulling off a project of this magnitude.”

The extent of the damage has also raised concerns locally about traffic and safety.

The project developers respond that they are working on plans to solve all of these problems and expect the project to create 4,000 union jobs.

That number was enough to bring on board Genesis Steward of Prospect Heights, who said, “We just don't have a lot of jobs, especially in neighborhoods like this – people are struggling, so if a casino creates more jobs, then that's OK.”

Others, like Vitaliy Yokui of Coney Island, told News 12 they were against it, saying, “There are enough problems here financially as it is, and if people are addicted to gambling, it's just another addiction in the neighborhood.”

The state says a decision on who will actually get these three casino licenses probably won't be made until 2025.

Meanwhile, the developers tell us that they will probably try to build something on the site one way or another, but that things would be a little different if they don't get a license.

Anna Harden

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