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Speedway opens corporate office

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From Bullet News Niagara:

The Canadian Motor Speedway’s physical presence is starting to form in Fort Erie.

On Wednesday afternoon, local dignitaries and officials from the proposed $400-million development attended an unveiling of its corporate office in Fort Erie on Garrison Road.

Azhar Mohammad, executive director of the project, thanked municipal and regional staff and politicians for the their support since 2008 when the “first dollars” were invested.

Speedway developer optimistic after OMB hearing

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From Niagara This Week:

The $400-million Canadian Motor Speedway project met its latest challenge Thursday as arguments were heard in an appeal of an Ontario Municipal Board decision green-lighting the project were heard in Toronto.

Azhar Mohammad, the project’s executive director, said the day-long hearing went well and he’s looking forward to a positive decision in short order.

“Fantastic and as we anticipated,” Mohammad told Bullet News when reached for comment late Thursday evening.

OMB dismisses speedway appeals

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Appeals against the Canadian Motor Speedway have been dismissed by a provincial planning board, paving the way for the much-anticipated project to break ground.

The Town of Fort Erie received a decision from the Ontario Municipal Board Monday, which included some requirements and restrictions already agreed to by speedway officials and one of the primary opponents, the Citizens Coalition of Greater Fort Erie.

“CMS is very excited about the decision by the OMB … and that the conclusion reaffirms that our project addresses and implements matters of provincial and regional interest,” said the speedway’s executive director Azhar Mohammad.

“This will be a world-class facility that will attract visitors from all over North America. We are very anxious to begin the next steps in seeing the speedway become a reality.”

Canadian Motor Speedway close to a groundbreaking

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The man behind the Canadian Motor Speedway project is banking on a groundbreaking by the beginning of winter.

Executive Director Azhar Mohammad said while the results of the Ontario Municipal Board’s decision haven’t been released yet, he’s remaining optimistic.

“There really wasn’t any opposition,” he said of the hearing that ended June 28. “(Opposition groups) didn’t have the experts and (their points) were more opinionated with less facts to back it up, so I think we did a pretty good job.”

He said he expects the results to be released any day now and if everything goes according to plan, a special groundbreaking ceremony could happen as early as this fall.

“It would take a couple of months to do the planning, but we have our teams in place,” he said. “Realistically, there would be no brick and mortar, but maybe some dirt moving and pre-grading work.”

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