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Wyandotte Planning Commission Endorses Two Casino Proposals

On November 7th, 2007, the Unified Government Planning Commission supported two Wyandotte County casino proposals during a meeting that night but disapproved a third proposal. During the initial public hearings on the proposed casino locations, the Unified Government Planning Commission gave their full backing to a location at the southeast corner of Parallel Parkway and the Interstate 435 proposed by Pinnacle Entertainment, a Las Vegas based company.

The Planning Commission's commissioners also supported a location at the northeast corner of the 118th Street and the State Avenue proposed by the KSandF Development Corporation, a partnership between the Kickapoo Tribe and the Sac and Fox Tribes. But on a series of decisions, the commissioners dismissed a 3rd location at the northeast corner of I-435 and Donahoo Road. That casino location was also proposed by the Pinnacle Entertainment.

The locations will be scrutinized by the full Unified Government Board of Commissioners are scheduled to hold several meetings and then meet on December 13th, 2007 to decide on which casino projects backed by the Planning Commission they will recommend before the Kansas Lottery Commission for a final decision.

The Pinnacle location supported eight-zero by the Planning Commission is located on 60 acres on the northwest corner of the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village water park location. Proposals call for a 98,950 square foot casino, five hundred room hotel facility, restaurants, lounges, merchandise shops and a 100,000 square foot convention facility. The expenses of the development were at $650 million.

Pinnacle proposed the same casino project two miles north on a 50 acres of land at the Donahoo Road site. Dismissal of that location came after six residents criticized the plan, stating that it would destroy the residential and agricultural potential of the area. The votes against the plan were at seven to one and six to two on the 3rd vote.

Commissioner Bob Watson was the only person that is in favor of the plan. Pinnacle Entertainment President Wade Hudley commented that he is not 100 percent sure the company will pursue the approval of the Donahoo Road site. KSandF Development proposed a 77 acre location that would feature a fourteen story, 300 room hotel facility, merchandise shops, a 20,000 square foot convention facility and a 20,000 square foot entertainment facility. KSandF commented that they would spend more than $300 million. The proposal passed by Sands was the only proposal not supported by the staff of the Planning Commission.


19 November 2007
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Lauren Desmond

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