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    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.

    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.

    Speedway OMB appeal tossed

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Last Thursday was a good day for Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin.

    “We’re happy, happy, happy, happy,” Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin said. “This is a great decision, it’s great news.”

    The “decision” Martin was referring to was one issued by The Ontario Municipal Board Thursday which clears the way for the green flag to be dropped for the Canadian Motor Speedway.

    The OMB dismissed an appeal by the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS), one of the parties to the original OMB appeal of the proposed speedway,

    Speedway launches petition for support

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    From Niagara This Week:

    After hitting a series of roadblocks following approval from the Ontario Municipal Board, developers behind the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway have turned to an online petition to rally support for the project.

    Since receiving OMB approval last month, the Speedway has faced an appeal of that decision from a local environmental group, and two crucial land acquisition deals — a necessary component for any progress — have been aborted.

    Fort Erie speedway hits another bump in the road

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Two Fort Erie landowners whose property is needed to develop the Canadian Motor Speedway are waving the red flag, but speedway director Azhar Mohammed says plans for the track are proceeding full throttle.

    Mike Racey and Richard Jukosky own two pieces of land near the QEW and Bowen Rd., that play a pivotal role in the speedway’s development and both men say they’re “giving up” on real-estate contracts they say have been broken multiple times by project officials, Racey said.

    “We’ve tried to work with (speedway representatives) as much as possible because we aren’t against the speedway by any means,” Racey said. “We keep getting dragged around. That’s it. We’re done.”

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