Topeka: Heartland Park needs $7 million in improvements

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The city of Topeka says any new operator of Heartland Park Topeka will have to make more than $7 million in improvements.

City attorney Chad Sublet says the city has submitted an amended project plan to the Kansas Department of Commerce as it tries to buy the troubled racing facility. Whoever the city chooses to operate the track will be required to pay for 16 improvements at Heartland Park, including commerce park development, garages and high-end facilities and a new banquet facility.

Topeka’s efforts to buy the track depend on the state issuing $5 million in additional STAR bonds. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports city manager Jim Colson has said the city won’t issue the bonds if it doesn’t find a track operator.


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