The Unified Government Commission on Thursday is scheduled to vote on extending the time of the start of construction of a hotel at the Hollywood Casino.
Earlier this year the hotel project was set for a groundbreaking in October, but that may change because the UG Commission approved a study of the possibility of building a convention center in western Wyandotte County.
The hotel project now may start after a UG feasibility study is completed, according to a proposal. If the UG study finds that the UG should include the hotel as part of a larger UG plan, and the commission agrees, then another groundbreaking date would be selected, according to the UG agenda for Thursday. If the report finds that a combined UG-casino project is not feasible, the groundbreaking would occur after the release of the study, according to the agenda information. It would not occur during winter conditions.
The UG is voting on the start date of the hotel because it is part of a development agreement between the UG and Kansas Entertainment, parent company of the casino.
Another item on the 7 p.m. UG meeting is a public hearing on a tax increment financing district for a redevelopment project at the levee at Kaw Point.
The commission may vote on a resolution to issue $15 million in industrial revenue bonds for the redevelopment.
In the redevelopment, there would be a 365,000-square-foot building. There would be upgrades for an existing building and changes to access, signs and lighting to Kaw Point Park. The total cost of the project was estimated at $21.5 million.
A few weeks ago, a restaurant owner at the levee was concerned that her diner might have to move or close under preliminary plans for the development.
Several other items also are on the agenda for the 7 p.m. June 26 meeting.
A special session of the UG Commission will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday in the ninth floor conference room of City Hall. This will start with a closed, or executive, session on labor negotiations and litigation.
Immediately following the 5 p.m. closed session will be a special session in the Commission Chambers, lobby level, on the county administrator’s draft performance evaluation and a Community Development Block Grant follow-up.
To view the 7 p.m. June 26 agenda, visit www.wycokck.org.