Council Pres. Ginther Backs Cooper Stadium Redevelopment

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Cooper Stadium, the site of the proposed $40 million autotrack.(Photo: Sounds Orange (flickr))
Cooper Stadium, the site of the proposed $40 million autotrack.(Photo: Sounds Orange (flickr))

Columbus city council president Andrew Ginther is throwing his weight behind a proposal to redevelop Cooper Stadium into a racetrack.

The proposal now three years in the making has divided neighbors, developers and city leaders over, among other things, noise, affects to wildlife, and jobs. Backers say a race track will bring much-needed development to the area, but opponents say noise will invade neighborhoods and the nearby Greenlawn Cemetery.

Now, two days after a contentious townhall meeting where many neighbors denounced the plan, council president Ginther is backing the proposed race track. He says the $40 million development would breathe new life into the West side of downtown. He says he understands concerns about noise from racecars, but he’s confident developers can address that with noise barriers and other measures.

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