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Delaware Tribe ends plans for heritage center near Lawrence

January 2, 2019

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Delaware Tribe has abandoned plans to develop an agricultural heritage center northeast of Lawrence.

Chief Chester Brooks said the tribe’s council decided the proposed center would not produce enough revenue to cover the estimated $500,000 cost of developing it.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the tribe, based in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is now trying to lease the 92-acre site to another agricultural user. The property is just northeast of the Kansas Turnpike’s interchange in North Lawrence.

Brooks says the Delaware Tribe would prefer to sell the land.

The tribe bought the property in 2013 with plans to open a casino. The casino plan stalled because most of the site is within the Kansas River flood plain. Brooks says the state also was unwilling to expand gaming to out-of-state tribes.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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