South Broadway May Help Economic Development

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Hundreds more drivers are expected to take south Broadway to the Kansas Star Casino when it is open, meaning economic development for Haysville and Sedgwick County.

The casino is making progress. Workers are constructing the shell of the temporary gaming building just south of the Sedgwick county line. Local leaders are ready to pounce on the possible economic benefits that will come with it.

"Now that we know the casino will be built, Haysville will be a direct route. We know that Broadway will be an important corridor to this city," said Haysville Government Director Carol Neugent.

Broadway runs through the city of Haysville becoming Highway 81 as it intersects with the multi-million dollar destination casino. With a $49,000 state grant, Haysville and Sedgwick county are studying Broadway from 63rd south to 87th and beyond.
"We think we have the spin off business, workers who may want to relocate all sorts of things we can take advantage of," said Neugent.

County commissioners are expected to discuss the Broadway study during Tuesday's staff meeting. The study is expected to be finished by Thanksgiving.

Kansas Star is expected to be up and running in its temporary building after the first of the year.

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