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Racetrack Developers Face Another Delay in Project
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Developers who plan to put a racetrack in the old Cooper Stadium face another delay in the process. WOSU reports the temporary holdup should not impede the project.
Developer Arshot Investment Corporation handed in their proposed conditions to the Columbus Board of Zoning Adjustment earlier this month. The conditions included a “margin of error” for noise violations; limited noise monitoring after two years with no violations reported; and no racing after 10 p.m.
The zoning adjustment board was supposed to vote Tuesday on the developers’ permit, but it was postponed until December 20.
Linda Lacloche is the assistant director of building and zoning services.
“We just need to review the conditions and see that they’re acceptable and enforceable,” Lacloche said.
The developers already have asked for several extensions on the project, and the deadline to buy the property from Franklin County is in May. Lisa Griffin, who speaks for the developers, said the zoning permit delay should not impede the project moving forward.
“We don’t anticipate any more extensions,” Griffin said.
The racetrack proposal saw a lot of controversy before it was passed by the Southwest Area Commission and Columbus City Council. Some local residents worry about the noise level, but developers say the $40 million project would create more than 300 full-time and part-time jobs. Racetrack supporters, many of them local business owners, say it would generate much needed revenue for the community.