The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to hear a discussion about a hotel at the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway at its 5 p.m. meeting Thursday, Jan. 9, at City Hall, 701 N. 7th.
The casino is expected to ask for a 90-day extension to decide about building the casino hotel. Originally the casino was scheduled to either start building a hotel within two years of opening the casino or pay a penalty to the UG, under an agreement. The proposed hotel, under the agreement, would have had 250 rooms.
The UG staff is recommending approval of the 90-day extension, as long as it is one-time only and as long as the penalty provisions remain in force should the casino decide not to build a hotel.
The penalty is 1 percent of the total casino gaming revenues, estimated by the UG to be equivalent to $1.3 million currently.
In an email letter to the UG administrator last month, Penn Gaming, one of the casino’s owners, requested an extension of the deadline for the start of construction from Feb. 2 to May 1.
“Given the very volatile economic climate of the past few years and the time it took both sides to resolve certain other economic issues (both of which necessarily have an impact on the hotel decision), this brief extension will now help us all arrive at the right conclusion,” the letter stated. “With the benefit of this modest accommodation, Kansas Entertainment can refine our hotel construction pro forma and it will provide the time to continue to work with your team to resolve several outstanding issues.”
The letter stated the hotel was expected to be built to the same construction and design standards as the casino. If the extension of time is approved, the casino would announce the hotel at the races May 10 at the Kansas Speedway, and a groundbreaking would be held Oct. 5, according to the letter.
The extension request is on the 7 p.m. UG Commission agenda Jan. 9 for a vote.
Other items on the 7 p.m. agenda include:
- Change of zone application, 2815 N. 115th St., to build swimming pool at beginning of Phase 3 instead of Phase 2.
- Special use permit renewal, 2910 Espenlaub Lane, for a kennel for three dogs.
- Special use permit renewal, 11240 Sam Clark Lane, for a kennel for a maximum of 25 dogs.
- Special use permit renewal, 601 S. 66th Terrace, for collection, storage and marketing of used oil for burner fuel, Universal Lubricants.
- Special use permit, 3440 N. 131st St., for a kennel for a maximum of 10 dogs.
- Special use permit, 1831 S. 45th St., for a billboard.
- Plan review application, 8901 Woodend Ave., for a wet batch concrete plant to replace the previous dry batch plant, Century Concrete.
- An ordinance rezoning property at 2706 S. 65th St. from single-family district to agriculture district.
- Ordinance authorizing issuance of $7.6 million of industrial revenue bonds at the Central Industrial Park in the Fairfax area. NorthPoint Development.
- Resolution to approve distribution of charitable funds from Hollywood Casino. Some minor changes are proposed to the distribution process.
- Plat of Cross Line Towers, 7th and State.
- Change in real estate taxes owed for Riverview Crossing, 134 N. 130th, Bonner Springs. Te value is being reduced on the property, resulting in a reduction of $8,935.42.
- Designating the Planning Commission as the Board of Zoning Appeals. The UG Commission has been considering eliminating or combining some boards, some of which have vacancies on the boards. This amends the city code for the Planning Commission members to also become the Board of Zoning Appeals.