BONNER SPRINGS, Kan., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of The Gillmann
Group and the Delaware Tribe today announced they are filing a land into trust
application this week with the Bureau of Indian Affairs seeking to have
80 acres along Speedway Blvd., south of State Ave. in Bonner Springs, Kan.,
placed into trust for the tribe for the purpose of gaming. The land
previously was part of the now landless Delaware Tribe's last reservation.
The Gillmann Group, a Las Vegas-based developer/manager of casino resort
projects, and the Delaware Tribe have proposed to build a $250 million
destination resort hotel and casino in Bonner Springs adjacent to the Kansas
Speedway. The Gillmann Group negotiated the purchase of the 80-acre parcel in
March and already has the financing in place to complete the first phase of a
three-phase master plan for the project.
"We have committed to purchase the land and the financing is complete.
This is a straightforward application by a landless tribe seeking to take land
from its last reservation for the purpose of gaming and falls within current
BIA guidelines and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. It will not require
special legislation or Congressional modification of existing rules and
policies, unlike plans that have been submitted by other tribes which have
existing casinos on existing reservations," said Fred Gillmann, president and
ceo of The Gillmann Group.
"Placing the land into trust for the Delaware tribe by the BIA is one of
the elements in the approval process to build the resort casino. We also are
looking forward to negotiating a compact with Governor Kathleen Sebelius and
the State of Kansas," he added.
Gillmann said the land into trust application process with the BIA could
take four to eight months and during that time, his company and the Delaware
Tribe will seek to negotiate the compact with the Governor.
In the first phase, the proposed destination resort hotel/casino will
include a 15-story hotel tower with 250 upscale rooms and suites, a
148,500-square-foot casino, 3,000 slot machines, 90 table games and a 750-seat
bingo parlor. The resort will include an upscale steakhouse, a 24-hour
restaurant, a buffet and a food court with five venues: a sports bar, a deli
and barbecue facility combined with a cabaret and three, free standing bars.
An entertainment, special events and convention facility encompassing
70,000 square feet will include a 2,700-seat theatre/showroom, meeting rooms,
banquet rooms and a boardroom. Parking facilities will include 1,000 covered
spaces, 2,400 open spaces and 10 acres of oversized vehicle parking. The
resort also will have a health club and pool as well as a 30,000 square-foot
automobile museum for racing fans.
"It is certainly good news that The Gillmann Group and the Delaware Nation
are continuing their efforts to develop this world-class destination resort
and casino in Bonner Springs," said Mayor Clausie Smith. "They have an
excellent plan and we are looking forward to approval of the land into trust
application by the BIA for the tribe. We think this is a win-win situation
for everyone and will be a tremendous economic opportunity for Bonner Springs
and the entire state of Kansas."
A recent feasibility study prepared by KlasRobinson Q.E.D., one of the
country's foremost specialists in comprehensive market research for
hospitality and casino projects, said the Delaware/Gillmann project would
generate more than $270 million in annual gaming revenue in its first full
year of operation. It also would be the first Kansas tribal resort/casino
that would contribute revenue to the state of Kansas and to local governments.
The Delaware tribe is proposing to share more than $41 million in the first
year with state and local governments, with the state receiving more than
$30 million that first year and local governments over $11 million. The
resort/casino will provide over 2,000 new full-time jobs with a projected
payroll of over $62 million annually. In addition, the facility will generate
over $100 million in other annual local spending according to the KlasRobinson
Gillmann previously announced that of the $250 million total project costs
of phase one, $100 million would be for construction payroll and that union
labor will complete all work.
That aspect of the project brought the support in June of the Greater
Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council and its top executive
"The Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council and
affiliated unions are delighted and supportive of efforts of the Delaware
Tribe to bring a first-class destination gaming facility to Wyandotte County.
The facility will bring needed revenue to local and state government, quality
jobs for area residents and further establish Wyandotte County as a
destination for the Midwest," Kemp said.
Jeff Boerger, president of Kansas Speedway, echoed that statement.
"It will create capital investment and jobs for Wyandotte County and will
attract more tourists to the area. Kansas Speedway supports that kind of
economic development and growth," Boerger said.
The land into trust application was started in May and includes an
in-depth environmental impact study, economic impact studies, a detailed
business plan including projected revenues, expenses and revenue distribution
as well as employment projections. The application also includes extensive
land surveys, appraisals, site plans and traffic studies along with details of
the land and project development.
Gillmann said it could take 18 to 24 months to complete design and
construction of the project after all approvals have been received.
The Delaware Tribe, headquartered in Bartlesville, Okla., includes more
than 13,500 members who reside in Kansas, Oklahoma, California and Texas.
Originally located near the Delaware River, the tribe was pushed westward
beginning in 1732. It settled in Kansas in 1840 and Henry Tiblow, the founder
of Bonner Springs, was a Delaware Indian. In 1867, the tribe was forced to
re-locate to Oklahoma (Indian Territory) and promised a distinct reservation
of its own. Controversies with the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma led to the
Delaware becoming a landless tribe. That designation plays a key role in its
ability to now return to its last reservation and seek property to be placed
into trust for the purpose of gaming under provisions of the Indian Gaming
Regulatory Act and current BIA guidelines. In 1996, the Delaware regained
federal recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a status confirmed by a
recent federal district court decision.
The Gillmann Group, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., specializes in the
development, financing, construction and management of tribal gaming
enterprises. Founded in 1989, the company's growth coincided with the
expansion of Indian gaming in the 1990's. The company's recent developments
include the Laguna Pueblo's Dancing Eagle, Laguna Express and Route 66 Casinos
west of Albuquerque, NM. Past projects include the early phases of The Barona
Casino in San Diego, Calif.; The Paiute Palace, The Bishop Paiute Tribe in
Bishop, Calif.; Susanville Indian Rancheria in Susanville, Calif., and the
Robinson Rancheria and Table Mountain Casinos in Northern California.
SOURCE The Gillmann Group