WICHITA — The Kansas Lottery Commission voted today to approve contract revisions with two applicants seeking to become Sumner County's casino manager after receiving new information from both.
Peninsula Gaming Partners has added a second site to its proposal. The new site is the former Harrah's Entertainment site at the corner of Oliver and K-53. It is about two miles east of Peninsula's other site at the Mulvane turnpike exit.
Harrah's withdrew its application last month.
Peninsula and Global Gaming Kansas, which proposes a casino near Wellington's turnpike exit, also provided updated financial projections for their proposed facilities, which increased the amount of estimated revenue. Those figures weren't made public.
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The lottery commission approved both contracts on Sept. 8. It plans to transfer the revised contracts to the state's casino review board Oct. 19.
The board will have 60 days to consider the contracts and make a final selection.
Peninsula sought an alternate site because its turnpike site remains in the area affected by an annexation lawsuit pending before the Kansas Supreme Court, said Keith Kocher, the lottery's gaming facilities director.
Sumner County sued the city of Mulvane over the city's annexation of that site. A district court judge ruled in favor of the county, and although the state court of appeals overturned that decision, the land remain in the county pending the supreme court's decision, Kocher said.
Peninsula did not get the county's endorsement for its casino at that location. The city of Mulvane has endorsed it, and approved planning and zoning at the site, Kocher said.
The alternate site at Oliver and K-53 would be for Peninsula's casino only. The company later would seek the rights to a section of land to the south for its proposed equine facility and other ancillary development, Kocher said.
The city has endorsed the alternate casino site and approved planning and zoning, Kocher said.
Peninsula also supplied new information regarding alternate sources of financing for its project, Kocher said.
Peninsula also sought clarification for its proposed $1.5 million education program. It has added a provision to give $500 annually for classroom supplies to all teachers in the county and the Mulvane school district. That money would be in addition to the $100 Peninsula would give to each student for back-to-school supplies and the $1,000 it would give to high school graduates who want to go to college.