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Southeast Kansas residents voice their opinions about potential Pittsburg casino


The Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board hosted a meeting involving the three proposed casinos in the region. The popular topic of discussion was the Kansas Crossing Casino, which would be located at the corner of highways 69 and 400. Those in attendance had varying opinions on whether such a casino would help or hinder the community. 

"The money goes back into the local economy," said Scammon, KS resident Carol Venson. "People do not realize how much money is brought back in."

"We're really worried about our family's safety and bringing up our children in that area," said Pittsburg resident Emily Peterson.

The state commission has final say on where the future Southeast Kansas casino will live. Therefore, it says it wants all feedback.

"To get a feel of local impact," said board member Don Alexander. "Positives, negatives, just so we can be informed."

Those in attendance considered all the variables, including potential impact on local safety, traffic and the economy.

Some also say the casino could affect property values. This includes Peterson. She and her family live across the street from where Kansas Crossing would live.

"We've made this investment in this place that we love. You know, but with the casino there, we may never be able to get out of it anything near what we put into it."

"I do not believe that locating a casino is going to lower property values, I believe it probably going to do just the opposite," said Venson.

When it comes to the project as a whole, the city of Pittsburg says it will cause change.

"One way or the other, it's going to impact people's lives," said Pittsburg mayor Chuck Munsell. "For me personally, I think it's a great thing if we get it in the city of pittsburg."

But others says it's still too close to home.

"At the same time, they don't have it in their back yards," said Peterson. I don't think most people would want it in their backyards.

The board also met with residents in Columbus. More meetings are planned for May. Meanwhile, consultants are conducting impact studies.

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