Officials advance permit request to reopen Kansas racetrack

KSN News (file)
KSN News

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) – Local officials are recommending approval with multiple conditions for a request to allow a Kansas City, Kansas, business to reopen as a racetrack, electronic gaming venue and entertainment facility.

The Kansas City Star reports that the city’s planning commission heard testimony Monday on a special use permit application request for The Woodlands. The commission voted to send the request on for further consideration by the Unified Government Commission.

More than a dozen stipulations, including a main building of at least 85,000 square feet, were attached to the approval.

The plan by Ruffin Woodlands LLC calls for a horse racing, electronic gaming and entertainment facility on 317 acres of a 400-acre site.

The company is headed by billionaire Phil Ruffin, who owns other racetracks or casinos in Kansas and Nevada.

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