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    Eight months later and still no update on speedway project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    More than eight months after agreeing to meet with town officials to provide an update on the long-delayed Canadian Motor Speedway project, the developers have still not done so, and are no longer answering questions about the status of the project.

    The overseas company providing the funding for the project appears to be in severe financial trouble.

    About five years ago, the developers claimed the facility would be “race ready in 2016” but have thus far not applied for a building permit to get the project rolling.

    Construction of Bowen Rd bridge replacement

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    I saw this notice in the July 13, 2017 edition of the Niagara This Week newspaper. The future location of the Canadian Motor Speedway is very close to this highway interchange. I wonder if the replacement of this bridge/overpass means the track is any closer to moving ahead…

    A year of missed deadlines for Canadian Motor Speedway project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The perpetually delayed Canadian Motor Speedway project in Fort Erie has closed out another year without meeting any of its own deadlines.

    Early in 2016, the developers behind the speedway project claimed they would be doing “site alterations” in the fall to prepare the land for development, but that never happened. They also committed to securing a building permit for the massive $400-million development by “the end of 2016”. However, that also did not happen.

    No shovels hit the ground in 2016, and no building permit was issued because the developers have still failed to acquire all the necessary land.

    Failed land purchase adds more delays to speedway project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The long-delayed Canadian Motor Speedway appears to have hit yet another snag on the road to development, but those behind the project remain tight-lipped about any further setbacks. Three key properties which must be purchased before a building permit can be issued remain out of the hands of the developers, and according to sources, contract negotiations with the landowners have broken off.

    The first firm construction timeline given by the CMS developers came shortly after their successful Ontario Municipal Board trial in 2013. At that time, the developers said groundbreaking would begin in “late 2014” and the track would be “race-ready in 2016.” Numerous updated timelines for construction were offered in the ensuing years, all of which have come and gone without any shovels hitting the ground. Although some preliminary work was done two years ago on nearby land, no progress has been made on the track itself.

    The reason those shovels have yet to hit the ground is because the developers of the speedway have yet to purchase the necessary ground with which to put those shovels into.

    Jeff Gordon’s car makes a pit stop in Fort Erie

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Jeff Gordon’s final career winning stock car made a pit stop in Fort Erie this week.

    Following the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsport Expo held from March 11 to 14 in Toronto, the Hendrick Motorsports transporter, carrying Gordon’s 2015 #24 AARP Member Advantages Chevy SS NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car was transported via the QEW to Fort Erie and across the Peace Bridge for the long trip back home to Charlotte, NC.

    But before the vehicle was transported across the border, transporter driver Kenny Babbert stopped on Sunset Drive at the Canadian Motor Speedway site to meet CMS executive Claire MacSweyn to view the site of the speedway and to ensure the first ever race car on site was driven by Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and CMS track designer.

    Infrastructure funding needed for speedway

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    The Canadian Motor Speedway is moving ahead even though an approximate $60-million commitment from the provincial government that would cover costs of needed infrastructure improvements in the area of the 823-acre project in Fort Erie has not been provided.

    The widening of thoroughfares in the area of the proposed project and the reconstruction of the Bowen Road QEW interchange all need to be completed for the $400-million development to continue moving ahead at full speed.

    The $60 million figure is subject to change as the process unfolds.

    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 facing more legal trouble

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The perpetually delayed Canadian Motor Speedway project has hit another snag after the developer was served with legal proceedings as a result of the failure to purchase necessary property for the site.

    Speedway working on latest delays

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Five more weeks.

    That’s how long it will take to wrap up the results of an archeological survey which resulted in the discovery of pre-contact Aboriginal artifacts at the site of the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway.

    The archeological survey, first reported by Niagara this Week on July 3, is nearing completion according to an update posted to the CMS website, and “major earthworks” are expected to begin in mid-August.

    The work will include the realignment of Miller’s Creek, as approved by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, before any construction towards the actual speedway can begin.

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