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Wichita Developer Wants Referendum

26 January 2006

WICHITA, Kansas – As reported by the Wichita Business Journal: "The Canadian developer putting together a $300 million plan for turning Century II into a destination casino says if area leaders will commit to a referendum on expanded gaming, he'll be ready to give voters something to talk about.

"Brian Hamm says he's close to finalizing gaming and financial partnerships for the project that would add a casino with a 25-story, 400-room hotel tower and additional convention space onto the west side of Century II. The complex also would connect to Expo Hall and the Hyatt Regency Wichita's 300 hotel rooms.

"…Hamm believes the future of expanded gaming in Wichita or Sedgwick County rests on a voter referendum. Sedgwick County commissioners have been pressured not to conduct such a referendum by area legislators who say they are opposed to gaming…'

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