Land near Wichita Greyhound Park sold at auction

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In an auction Tuesday afternoon, Wichita entrepreneur Phil Ruffin bid 1.6 million dollars for the dog track. 

The Greyhound Park has been empty for more than a decade. It closed in 2007 after Sedgwick County voters rejected adding slot machines at the venue. 

In addition to the dog track, the county also sold another parcel of land to long-time land developer Johnny Stevens. 

Both Ruffin and Stevens say they hope to bring the area back to life and talked about theirs plans. 

"I would like to open the track back up. We employed 400 people at that time. It was the worst days when we had to fire 400 people and close the track. I would like to get it done ," said Ruffin.

Stevens added that he has plans for the land he bought as well.

"Hopefully we'll get a business there, some type of warehouse or manufacturing business that we can build a building there for," said Stevens.

Both pieces of land sold for 1.7 million dollars- lower than what the county appraised the land for. 

Commissioner Richard Ranzau says he just hopes the land can be put to use soon.

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