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    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.

    Canadian Motor Speedway project facing more roadblocks

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Despite receiving final approval from the province a month ago, the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway still has plenty of roadblocks to overcome before development can begin.

    The latest in a long series of delays for the struggling project involves an archeological survey, a conservation permit and outstanding land purchases.

    A spokesperson from Ontario’s Ministry of Culture confirmed to Niagara this Week that an archaeological assessment has resulted in the discovery of a number of “pre-contact Aboriginal artifacts” on the proposed land for the speedway.

    Questions still surround proposed Fort Erie speedway

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    From the Toronto Star (Wheels.ca):

    Another hurdle has been cleared by the developers of the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie.

    On Monday, the Ontario Municipal Board rejected all appeals against the planned speedway, which will include a one-mile paved oval track with seating for 65,000 spectators plus a road course.

    Good luck to them. There are still some hoops to jump through – completion of environmental reports, that sort of thing – but the green light seems to be getting closer.

    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.”

    Falls important for Ontario tourism: Minister

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    As Michael Chan met with several of Niagara’s tourism officials this week, he said one thing became abundantly clear.

    “I think the Niagara region is in a really good position moving forward. I’m very hopeful for the future of tourism in the area,” Ontario’s tourism minister told The Niagara Falls Review during his day-long tour of the peninsula Wednesday.

    While mayors, economic development officers and others with a stake in the local industry continue to raise concerns about the economy, currency exchange fluctuations and border-related challenges, bright lights can be seen on the horizon, Chan said.

    Construction of the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre in Niagara Falls, a motor speedway proposal in Fort Erie and the formation of a regional tourism organization will put the area in good stead come the future, he said.

    Fort Erie council endorses speedway proposal

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Fort Erie council unanimously authorized an amendment to its official plan Monday night, essentially endorsing the Canadian Motor Speedway proposal. A bylaw will go before town council next Monday night.

    The issue will also need approval from Niagara Region, and must meet other requirements from the provincial government.

    Close to 60 people took to the podium to voice their support or opposition to the proposal during a town council meeting last night.

    Normally, council meetings are held inside town hall. But with a packed house expected for such a hot-button issue, the larger Leisureplex banquet hall was required.

    Hundreds packed the venue, while 57 people registered to speak.

    The meeting began at 6 p.m. and finished at 12:50 a.m.

    Group wants town to put the brakes on speedway project in Fort Erie

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A group of Niagara residents have raised the caution flag over the proposed Fort Erie motor speedway project.

    A grass-roots organization, known as CARS (Citizens Against Racing Speedway) warns the proposal will not be an economic windfall for the town, rather it will be its “worst nightmare.”

    The town and the Regional Municipality of Niagara is currently looking at an application to build a NASCAR-style speedway on an 800 acre site near the Queen Elizabeth Way between Gilmore and Bowen Roads.

    The auto racing complex proposal put forward by an investment group includes grandstand seating for up to 100,000 people, an oval track and road course and other developments including a research and development centre overseen by McMaster University.

    CARS, which formed a few months ago after the town held a meeting to discuss the proposal, says the development would have a detrimental impact on the area.

    Inside Track Breaking News Blog: Canadian Motor Speedway website goes live

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    From Inside Track Motorsport News:

    On Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Ft. Erie (ON), a public meeting was held regarding the approval process for the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway project in the US/Canada border town.

    Individuals made presentations both for and against the building of the facility. Those against were reportedly mostly concerned with sound and emission issues. Those for the building of CMS pointed to the economic benefits to the region. Sources close to the project say the meeting went very well and they believe the CMS is very close to final approval, most likely prior to the end of October.

    Click here to visit the newly unveiled Canadian Motor Speedway website.

    During the meeting, a representative of four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Jeff Gordon read a statement written by the racer.

    Here is the text of that message:

    The new Canadian Motor Speedway web site is nice. It has information about the team they’ve put together, as well as a PDF showing what the plan is for the land. If it actually happens, it will be quite impressive.

    Motor speedway proposal gets mixed reviews at public meeting

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    In auto racing, there are winners and losers. And some Fort Erie residents wonder what side of the checkered flag they’ll end up on if, or when, a Canadian Motor Speedway gets up and running in two years.

    “The people that come to these events don’t come for a long time … they come here for a good time,” concerned Ridgeway resident Richard Jukosky said during a public meeting at town hall Tuesday.

    Emirates Consulting, a United Arab Emirates based-company, has proposed to build a high-speed racing facility with plans to seat 65,000 with the potential of seating 100,000 on 821 acres of land southwest of the Bowen Road QEW interchange.

    McMaster University has also attached its name with plans for a research and development centre at the site. There are also plans for a water park, retail outlets, restaurants and many other features.

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