Local Commission Advances Permit Request to Reopen The Woodlands Racetrack

The Kansas City, Kansas, track has not held live racing since 2008.

Kansas City Star

The Kansas City (Kan.) Planning Commission on Monday voted 8-2 to advance a proposal to reopen The Woodlands Racetrack.

A first-step request for reopening The Woodlands as a racetrack, electronic gaming venue and entertainment facility was recommended for approval with multiple conditions late Monday night.

The Planning Commission in Kansas City, Kan., heard extensive public testimony — for and against — on a special use permit application requested by Ruffin Woodlands LLC, a company headed by casino owner and real estate developer Phil Ruffin.

Commissioners voted 8-2 to send the request for further consideration April 28 by the Unified Government Commission. More than a dozen stipulations about eventual project details were attached to the approval.

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