Mayor Coleman: Racetrack Proposal Lacks Info On Noise

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is going against the city’s Development Commission by denouncing a proposal to redevelop Cooper Stadium into a racetrack and automotive center.

The commission voted last week to send the plan to city council for final approval. It would rezone the 47-acre site on Mound Street for a raceway and automotive and technology center. But mayor spokesman Dan Williamson says despite a pledge to build soundwalls, the draft from Arshot Investment Corporation doesn’t do enough to address concerns about noise bleeding into neighborhoods.

Some neighbors have also voiced concerns about affects to wildlife and property values. The nearby Southwest Area Commission is backing the plan, but support has been harder to find in the Franklinton neighborhood.

Developers say the $40 million project would create more than 300 full and part-time jobs. Council is expected to take up the redevelopment some time in April.

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