New hotel to be built at Hollywood Casino here

The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway tonight has committed to building a hotel, according to an announcement at the Unified Government meeting.

“This is good news,” said UG Administrator Doug Bach.

He said he received a letter today from Bob Sheldon, vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino, who confirmed it is their intent to move forward with construction of the hotel as originally set out in the development agreement with the UG.

A groundbreaking for the hotel will be Oct. 5, 2014, when construction will begin, according to the letter from Sheldon. Planning will take place this summer.

The letter said the Kansas Entertainment board has decided to commence the development of the hotel, according to the development agreement made earlier with the Unified Government. Kansas Entertainment is the parent company of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.

The hotel is expected to be at or adjacent to the casino at the Village West area of Wyandotte County, near I-70 and I-435.

The development agreement with the UG called for a penalty of 1 percent of the gaming revenues, estimated at about $1.3 million a year, to begin if construction was not started. There would be no penalty if the decision was made by May 1 to build a hotel, UG officials said last January.

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KCK extends burn period

Because of excessively dry and windy conditions experienced during the spring open burn period, the Unified Government, along with the fire marshal, have extended the spring 2014 open burn period, according to an announcement today from the Fire Department.

The extended period will run May 1 to 6 p.m. May 9.

Dry weather conditions prevented many residents from burning yard waste during the past few weeks.

Local burning ordinances and regulations will still apply during the extended burn period. Permits are needed and are available at all Kansas City, Kan., fire stations.

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Kansas City, Kan., police reports

April 3
Criminal damage, I-670 and I-70, car roof, $1,372 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 2700 block of South 46th Terrace, cell phone, door frame, $700 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 00 block of South Cherokee, side door, two chainsaws, two saddles, two hooks, $1,900 value.

April 2
Criminal damage, possession of marijuana, 800 block of Minnesota, vehicle damaged, $2,000 value, marijuana.
Theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, 7700 block of State, gel hair product, pipe, $4 value.
Theft, criminal damage, 00 block of North Thorpe, motorcycle, ignition switch, $7,400 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 1000 block of Mildred, two earrings, two rings, two necklaces, $550 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 300 block of North 70th Terrace, door jamb, vacuum cleaner, TV, $870 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 1800 block of Armstrong, five rings, four necklaces, video game system, $600 value.

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