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SEK Citizens React to Possible Casino

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For a long time people driving on Highway 69 north of Frontenac have seen a deserted lot where Camptown Greyhound Park once operated.

Area residents say it's time for a change.

"I always wondered when they were going to do something with it," says Frontenac resident Jacob Teats, "It always looked nice when they started building it and then grass started growing, no one was doing anything with it it's just been a vacant lot. It's been just an eyesore the whole time."

Jane Stern is from Kansas City, and loves traveling to the area a few times a year. She says that fixing up the property would add to the southeast Kansas experience.

"Pittsburg already has its good vibe. They already have their cool places to go," says Stern, "I think just adding to that would be great for the community."
One possibility for the space is to convert it into a casino.

Recent legislation has lowered the initial investment required to build a casino in southeast Kansas making it easier for interested developers to bring gambling to the site.

And one at this location would offer people in the area a closer casino experience.  

"Instead of going all the way down to near galena we'd definitely just go up to the racetracks," says Teats.

People say that even if building a casino at Camptown Park doesn't work out, they still believe it's time to do something with the land.

"If they didn't want to make a casino there they can do something with that," says Teats, "That's a very nice lot, that's a great place for people coming off they highway. They can do something there."

The Kansas Lottery is taking bids for a casino until the middle of December.
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