TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas judge has declined to intervene in legal efforts by a county and development group to block a planned state-owned casino after the plaintiffs’ bid to build and operate it was rejected.
The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks rejected the lawsuit’s claims the decision by state gaming regulators to award the project to Kansas Crossing developers was arbitrary.
Thursday’s ruling is another setback for southeast Kansas’ Cherokee County and would be Castle Rock Casino developers behind the lawsuit. It was not immediately clear if they planned to appeal.
Kansas Crossing developers have gotten several 90-day extensions on the project, which was to be completed this summer.
Kansas Crossing’s $70 million proposal was dwarfed by Castle Rock’s plans for a $145 million development.