Cleveland-area racino won't move to different site

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio racino will remain at its suburban location east of Cleveland rather than moving to a state-approved optional site in the Akron-Canton area.

Owner Rock Ohio Caesars had considered moving Thistledown Racino from the Cleveland area, which has a casino too. But company officials determined the current location straddling the city of North Randall and the village of Warrensville Heights remains the best site.

Caesars' officials say a determining factor in the decision was the desire of the village, the city and Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County to make needed upgrades and improvements and further develop the area.

The 89-year-old racetrack expanded to include video lottery terminals and reopened as a racino in spring 2013.

Thistledown says it will invest at least $60 million to update and add guest amenities.

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