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    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.”

    Speedway opponent drops OMB challenge

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    And now for one little bit of news that isn’t related to Nik Wallenda 🙂

    From Niagara This Week:

    The proposed Canadian Motor Speedway project has one less barrier to hurdle this week after a settlement was reached between one of the major groups opposed to the project and the speedway proponent.

    Council voted unanimously after a closed session to authorize approval of the minutes of settlement between the appellant — the Citizens Coalition of Greater Fort Erie — the Town, and the Region.

    “This is great,” said Mayor Doug Martin of the announcement, “very good news for the town of Fort Erie and a good positive sign that we’re moving forward with this project.”

    “This should show that not only are we committed to the project, but that the developer is going do in a positive and respectful manner towards the community,” he added.

    Final bridge approval nears

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After nearly 20 years of often acrimonious debate, final approval for a new bridge across the upper Niagara River is just around the corner.

    But there are a few more steps that need to be completed.

    Ron Rienas, general manager of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, says he believes the agency will be in a position to submit a final environmental impact statement on the expansion project to U.S. regulatory authorities for approval by year’s end.

    Before that happens, the same document will be submitted to the project’s partners, the Town of Fort Erie and the City of Buffalo, for their consideration.

    “We’re hoping to have the (final environmental impact statement) in to the (municipalities) in September and a record of decision by the end of the year,” said Rienas.

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