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Casino review board asks for more info

The proposed Chisholm Creek Casino Resort, done in prairie-style architecture, would feature 1,300 to 1,500 slot machines and 30 table games.
The proposed Chisholm Creek Casino Resort, done in prairie-style architecture, would feature 1,300 to 1,500 slot machines and 30 table games. Courtesy illustration

The state's casino review board wants more information about the proposed Chisholm Creek Casino Resort for Sumner County before voting on the project.

The seven-member board held an informational meeting this morning without making a decision.

It plans to vote on the casino in several weeks. No date has been set.

Board members said they want information on zoning and platting issues related to drainage and traffic issues at the site.

They also want consultants to revise revenue forecasts to account for scenarios that depend on whether and when a tribal casino proposed by the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma is built in Park City.

And they want to know from other consultants whether the Chisholm Creek proposal has the level of amenities and attractiveness to attract tourists and maximize revenue for the state.

The casino, which developers are obligated to open within 18 months after final approval, will be located at the Mulvane exit off the Kansas Turnpike.

The contract between the Kansas Lottery and Chisholm Creek provides for a $125 million first-phase development no smaller than 72,000 square feet, which will include a casino with at least 1,300 slot machines, 40 gaming tables and a restaurant seating at least 200 people.

Depending upon if and when the Park City casino is built, developers would be permitted to phase in additional gaming and amenities.

Chisholm Creek is required to make a minimum investment of $225 million in the project over 12 years.

It also has committed to have a hotel built by Double Down Development of Topeka at the site. The hotel will have at least 100 rooms, including luxury guest suites, a swimming pool, and at least 5,000 square feet of meeting and conference facilities.

Chisholm Creek partners include Och-Ziff Real Estate of New York, Clairvest Group of Canada, and Lakes Entertainment of Minnesota.

Lakes will build and manage the casino for the state.

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