KENOSHA -- A national developer is moving in on an abandoned property in Kenosha. The former Dairyland Greyhound Park has an interested buyer.
The sprawling 228-acre property near Interstate 94 has been on the market for sale since August 2015. It was tied down for years as the Menominee Indian Tribe and Hard Rock International worked toward approval to build an $800 million casino and entertainment complex there, but the state rejected that plan.
It`s overgrown and just waiting for a new lease on life. Neighbors who live nearby say they can`t wait to see something positive move in here and officials tell us that day could be close.
"There`s an interest -- a developer that has definitely come in to talk to us because he`s interested and they are doing due diligence -- but we`ll see what happens," Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian said.
The Dairyland Greyhound Park closed in 2009.
It could soon become a manufacturing development.
"One of the things that we`re very focused on is the creation of more jobs and good-paying jobs -- jobs with benefits," Mayor Antaramian said.
That's welcome news for those living nearby.
"We could use a boost in the economy. People can use jobs or something that would benefit kids or industry around here. That would be great," John Kiouressis said.
The potential developer will decide whether to purchase the property within the next 60 days.
The former race track is east of I-94 at Highway 158.
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