Casino group says it plans hotel soon

TOPEKA — A group hoping to build a casino south of Wichita says it has a firm plan to build a hotel soon after the casino opens.

An attorney representing partners in the Chisholm Creek casino proposal said Monday that a group of mostly Kansas investors has committed to building a 100-room hotel for the project. The attorney, John Frieden, said the hotel would open by March 2012, six months after the casino.

The Chisholm Creek partners expected to outline their plan during a meeting of the Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board, which will determine whether its project outside Mulvane goes forward.

Several board members had expressed concern that neither the original Chisholm Creek proposal nor a plan for a casino in Wyandotte County included a hotel in the first phase of construction.