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The residents of Green are voicing their concerns about the possible move of Thistledown racetrack from Cleveland to the Akron-Canton area.
Des Wertheimer spoke to city council earlier this week and is now organizing a group of residents to stop the move of a racino into the city.
"It's not going to have a hotel - probably limited restaurants, so you're basically looking at nothing more than a money trap," said Wertheimer .
Mayor Dick Norton confirmed last week that officials with Rock Ohio Caesars sat down with him last fall to discuss the possible relocation of Thistledown near the Akron-Canton airport.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert owns Rock Ohio along with the HorseShoe Casino in Cleveland which is expected to open this May.
Wertheimer said the move would affect surrounding areas including Jackson, North Canton and Hartville.
"We just don't feel that type of development would benefit us at all."
Norton said if further plans develop, he would poll residents and businesses for their feedback on the racino.
Wertheimer says there has already been tremendous growth in the city including the addition of two emergency departments off Massillon Road.
"We have a great community," said Wertheimer. "It just absolutely doesn't seem like a fit at all," said Wertheimer.
According to the mayor, Rock Ohio is currently looking at multiple locations if the relocation is approved.
Recent reports highlighting the possible move of Thistledown racetrack from Cleveland to the Akron-Canton area is gaining some attention in the city of Green.
Mayor Dick Norton says he is still unsure if the city would welcome a horse racetrack with video slot machines.
"The reality is we've got to make sure that it can blend with our vision of what Green is and what we want to be," said Norton.
Norton confirmed that officials with Rock Ohio Caesars sat down with him last fall to discuss the possible relocation near the Akron-Canton airport.
"Dan Gilbert and his organization are proposing to do something pretty classy and pretty spectacular."
Norton says the move would be financially beneficial to the city, but he doesn't want one company to overshadow the city.
"We clearly wouldn't want a racino or any one company to define who we are as a city."
Rock Ohio is looking at multiple locations if the relocation is approved, according to Norton.
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