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Fort Erie Times: Timeline Set For Speedway Development

Fort Erie Times: Timeline Set For Speedway Development

Here is the latest news from Fort Erie where progress is being made on the new Canadian Motor Speedway. Construction could begin in the spring of 2014.

Read the full story by Matt Day of the Fort Erie Times at: http://www.forterietimes.ca/2013/11/25/portion-of-miller-creek-rerouted  

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Appeal Denied! Canadian Motor Speedway Gets Green Flag

Appeal Denied! Canadian Motor Speedway Gets Green Flag

The Fort Erie Times has released a story stating that the appeal against the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway has been denied. This news means that construction of the state-of-the-art facility may begin.

For the complete story please CLICK HERE to visit the Fort Erie Times website.

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OMB Appeal Decision on CMS Project Expected ‘Very Shortly’

OMB Appeal Decision on CMS Project Expected ‘Very Shortly’

JOHN ROBBINS/Bullet News – FORT ERIE – It won’t be long before the verdict is in on the future of the $400-million Canadian Motor Speedway project.

Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin tells Bullet news decision on a an appeal of a ruling late last year by the Ontario Municipal Board is expected soon.

Read the entire article at: http://www.bulletnewsniagara.ca/2013/05/23/omb-appeal-decision-on-400-million-canadian-motor-speedway-project-expected-very-shortly/ 

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Canadian Motor Speedway To Feature Jeff Gordon’s New 2013 ‘GEN-6′ #24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Car At The CME

Canadian Motor Speedway To Feature Jeff Gordon’s New 2013 ‘GEN-6′ #24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Car At The CME

The Canadian Racing Season Begins February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre

(TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 23, 2013) Having recently received Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) approval, the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway is one step closer to becoming a reality. Located in Fort Erie, Ontario, the central features of the $150 million facility are a one-mile banked speedway designed by NASCAR star Jeff Gordon, and a 2.6-mile FIA / FIM grade road course. Several other racing, entertainment, industrial and educational components are planned for what is being billed as a world class facility.

In an effort to keep Canadian racing fans informed about the exciting recent developments involving Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS), the group behind the project will have a prominent presence at the Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News. The show runs February 8-10 at the International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

In addition to several project leaders being in the booth at various times throughout the weekend, the CMS display (Booth #226) will also feature the first Canadian showing of the new ‘Gen-6’ NASCAR Sprint Cup car, in the form of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy SS Showcar driven by four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon. The new car, coming directly from Hendrick Motorsports, features the dramatic new body design that is winning rave reviews for its enhanced manufacturer brand recognition and exciting racing characteristics.

“Canadian Motor Speedway has had a regular presence at the CME for the past several years,” said CMS Executive Director Azhar Mohammad. “It’s been a long process getting to where we are now and the show has been an excellent venue for interacting with race fans about the project, as well as connecting with prospective partners. We’re at an exciting stage in the process and we look forward to being part of the show again this year.”

John Bickford will also be on hand in the Canadian Motor Speedway booth, on the Friday and Saturday of the show (Feb. 8 & 9). Bickford – the VP and General Manager of Jeff Gordon Inc. – is also Jeff Gordon’s stepfather. Bickford will be at the show to greet fans and to represent Jeff Gordon, a key member of the CMS design team.

Visitors to the Canadian Motor Speedway booth will also have an opportunity to discuss the facility’s design characteristics with Paxton Waters, one of the world’s most respected motorsports facility architects.

And with the start date for construction drawing ever closer, the CMS management team is looking forward to discussing hiring and sponsorship opportunities, as well as CMS community programs, at the show. They will also be available for B2B discussions with prospective suppliers, and to explore potential business partnerships involving the multi-faceted facility.

Visitors to the Canadian Motor Speedway booth will have access to the latest news about the CMS project and the development process. They’ll also be eligible to receive some cool CMS souvenir giveaways.

“Through our work with Inside Track Motorsport News, we’ve closely followed the Canadian Motor Speedway’s progress since the very early days,” said Inside Track editor and CME co-promoter Greg MacPherson. “It’s been a long process, but through it all, the CMS group has overcome the inevitable challenges that face a project of this magnitude. Having such high level members of their team at the CME – as well as Jeff Gordon’s new No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy SS NASCAR Sprint Cup Showcar – demonstrates that they’re serious about turning the vision into reality. We’re honoured that they’re coming back to the CME as part of their efforts to connect with the fans, the racing community and potential corporate partners.”

ABOUT THE CANADIAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY: The Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS) is a $150 million dollar world class motorsports and entertainment development to be situated on 820 acres of land in Fort Erie, Ontario. It is directly adjacent to the QEW within 2 minutes from the Canadian/U.S. border at Buffalo, NY and 15 minutes from iconic Niagara Falls.

CMS will include connected ancillary construction for; industrial, recreational, and commercial / retail uses, as well as a motorsports innovation park in collaboration with McMaster University’s renowned Faculty of Engineering, expanding the build-out to $400 million.

The core of the project consists of a stand-alone 1-mile ‘Jeff Gordon Designed Signature Speedway’ consisting of a banked oval, which combines to form a 2.6 mile FIA / FIM grade road course through an innovative system of tunnels and bridges. Every one of the 65,000 stadium seats provides expansive views of the speedway and the road course, as well as vistas for maximum enjoyment of a comprehensive list of motorsports and non-motorsport events. 5,000 enclosed club seats and VIP suites will favour the customer with first class catering and access. The development will provide world class racing events for up to 100,000 spectators in a variety of motorsports platforms including stock car and open wheel racing, motorcycles, karting, drifting and various motorized and non-motorized categories.

For more information, visit: www.cdnmotorspeedway.com, www.facebook.com/cmsnation, or on Twitter @CMSnation

ABOUT JOHN BICKFORD: John Bickford is Vice President and General Manager of Jeff Gordon, Inc. He is also stepfather to NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. Bickford started Gordon’s racing career in 1976, when Gordon was five, on a makeshift racetrack in Vallejo, California. At the same time, he started MPD, which is a company that produces products for physically challenged people to enable them to drive cars without the use of their feet.

The company also produces race car products. In 1985, he moved east to further Jeff Gordon’s racing establishing a base in Pittsboro, Indiana. In 1996, following a move from Pittsboro to Concord, North Carolina he became the Executive Vice President of Action Performance. While with Action, he spent 18 months in Europe working on Formula One and SBK World Super Bike. In 2004, he returned to Jeff Gordon, Inc. where he remains Vice President and General Manager.

ABOUT PAXTON WATERS: Paxton Waters, AIA, is president of Paxton Waters Architecture, an Indiana design firm whose main focus is on Motorsport Facility design. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Paxton has 34 years of experience as an architect and is registered in 22 states. Paxton’s first involvement with motorsports was in 1990 with the design of various buildings at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including their 60,000 square foot headquarters.

In 1994, Paxton was the lead designer for the California Speedway, shortly followed by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Pikes Peak International Raceway near Colorado Springs. Other facilities designed by Paxton are US 131 Speedway, Monroe Speedway, Mansfield Motor Speedway, and Iowa Speedway. Paxton has consulted on more than 50 feasibility studies from New York to California. Paxton is currently co-designing the Canadian Motor Speedway, in Ontario, Canada, with NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon.

ABOUT THE CME: The 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers and fans. For information about the show, including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.

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OMB Decision Made On Canadian Motor Speedway

OMB Decision Made On Canadian Motor Speedway

The Fort Erie Times has released news that the Ontario Municipal Board decision on the fate of the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway has been released. It has been decided that appeals should be dismissed, opening the door for the next step in the process for CMS Executive Director, Azhar Mohammad and his team.

Read the complete story here from the Fort Erie Times. http://www.forterietimes.ca/2012/11/05/much-anticipated-decision-about-canadian-motor-speedway-released

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Niagara Falls Review: CMS Close To A Groundbreaking

Niagara Falls Review: CMS Close To A Groundbreaking

The Niagara Fall Review posted a story on Tuesday, October 9th about the positive outlook the Canadian Motor Speedway ownership group has about a possible fall groundbreaking ceremony in Fort Erie, Ontario. With the Ontario Municipal Board’s final decision expected in the coming days, it is highly likely that the green light will be given for the project at which point groundbreaking would take place this fall followed by construction in the spring of 2013.

Read the complete article at: http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/2012/10/09/close-to-a-groundbreaking

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Fort Erie Times Reports On Canadian Motor Speedway Hearing

Fort Erie Times Reports On Canadian Motor Speedway Hearing

The Fort Erie Times posted a story late Monday afternoon regarding the latest on the Canadian Motor Speedway’s Ontario Municipal Board hearing that began today.

To read the full story visit: http://www.forterietimes.ca/2012/06/18/hard-work-and-good-will-part-of-settlement

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Canadian Motor Speedway: Positive News For Fort Erie

Canadian Motor Speedway: Positive News For Fort Erie

FORT ERIE, June 13, 2012 – Good news for the Town of Fort Erie was received by Council Monday evening as members were advised that a settlement has been reached between one of the major appellants to the Ontario Municipal Board Hearing and the proponent of the Speedway.

Council unanimously passed a recommendation following a Closed Session meeting of Council to authorize the signing of the Minutes of Settlement between the proponent, Citizens Coalition of Greater Fort Erie (CCGFE), the Town and the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

The Region of Niagara will be considering the same recommendation at their meeting on Thursday, June 14, 2012 but have already passed support of the Minutes of Settlement at the Committee level. “This is a welcome, positive turn of events for the Town”, said Mayor Doug Martin. “This agreement will definitely reduce the length of the OMB hearing in June. CMS should be commended for addressing the concerns of the
CCGFE and working with them towards this settlement”.

The Ontario Municipal Board hearing will begin on Monday, June 18, 2012. Two weeks have been scheduled for the hearing, which will take place in the Council Chambers at Town Hall.

CMS Quick Facts:
The proposed “Canadian Motor Speedway complex” includes:

– a 1.0 mile paved motor speedway oval and spectator grandstand (65,000 seating capacity) with support facilities in the infield such as truck and RV parking, garages, first aid stations, fuel handling area, media centre,fan walk, maintenance and emergency command centre; and

– a 2.5 mile paved motor speedway road course with support facilities such as garages, concessions, merchandising, registration/meeting room, offices and public washrooms; and

– a motocross/BMX /snow mobile/rental kart centre speedway course located within the road course area; and

– a 30 hectare (74 acre) accessory commercial complex which would include restaurants, shopping (such as automotive related merchandising, prestige retail, outlet mall), entertainment such as museums and galleries, movies/lMAX, rock climbing, fitness centre, themed park, mini putt, and a waterpark and merchandising. The commercial areas also include a hotel with 100-250 suites and an administration, merchandising and ticketing building required for product and ticket sales, operation and maintenance of the Canadian Motor Speedway; and

– a parking and camping area on 71 hectares (175 acres) of land along the southwest corner of Gilmore and Laur Road; and

– a parking and camping area on 62 hectares (152 acres) of land south of Bowen Road and west of Laur Road; and

– a 27 hectare (66 acre) “Innovation and Business Park” which would include a variety of motor sports-oriented businesses such as offices for track management, control tower, race support repair shops, driving schools and driving experience, training and educational facilities related to research and technology including testing facilities for racing teams and manufacturers; and

– approximately 69 hectares (170 acres) to be maintained for the enhancement of natural features identified within the constraint areas.

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For more information:
Ron Tripp, Acting CAO
Town of Fort Erie
(905) 871-1600 ext. 2400
MEDIA RELEASE
The Corporation of the Town of Fort Erie

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Niagara Falls Review: CMS Investors Have Spent Over $11 Million

Niagara Falls Review: CMS Investors Have Spent Over $11 Million

The Niagara Falls Review posted a story on www.niagarafallsreview.ca regarding the upcoming Ontario Municipal Board hearing for the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie this June. The story states that the investors for CMS have spent $11 million since 2007 in hopes to see the facility built.

To read the complete story please visit http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/2012/05/30/speedway-investors-spent-11-million-since-2007

 

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OMB Hearing Date Set For Canadian Motor Speedway

OMB Hearing Date Set For Canadian Motor Speedway

The Fort Erie Times recently released a story with the official dates and information regarding the Ontario Municipal Board hearing for the Canadian Motor Speedway.

For the complete story visit the following link: http://www.forterietimes.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3478406

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OMB Pre-Hearing Leaves ‘CMS Nation’ Waiting Under Yellow

OMB Pre-Hearing Leaves ‘CMS Nation’ Waiting Under Yellow

By OntarioOval.com – A standing room only crowd was on hand Tuesday morning for the Canadian Motor Speedway’s Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pre-hearing conference at the Fort Erie Council Chambers. The purpose for the conference was to determine a time table for the actual OMB hearing. 

Conflicts in scheduling for experts, legal council and parties opposed to the project kept a firm date from being set. Available council dates in May, June, July and August were not amicable for all sides thus leading to the discussion of a September timetable for the hearing. It was later decided that dates for the four week process would be set via conference call in February.

During the proceedings a list of concerns brought against the Canadian Motor Speedway project were read to those in attendance. Those concerns included consistency in zoning policies, noise polution, traffic flow, water and wildlife disturbance, agricultural removal and other enviromental issues including a question from the crowd concerning climate affects. The other concern presented by the opposed party was in regards to whether or not the CMS project represents good planning.

With an original plan for construction to begin in late spring of 2012 it now appears the process has been further stalled and a final verdict will not be decided upon until the fall. This will most certainly push back the planned grand opening of mid-2013 unless an earlier hearing date can be agreed upon in February.

At this point the Canadian Motor Speedway project appears to be under yellow flag conditions for the time being, however those involved with CMS have every intention of making sure the green flag will fly at the proposed 1 mile, 65,000 seat oval facility in Fort Erie, Ontario.

 

 

CMS Track Features

• A Jeff Gordon Design signature speedway
• 1 mile progressive banking oval
• 2.6 mile multi configuration FIA/FIM roadcourse Road Course
• 65,000 seat facility expandable to 100,000
• 80 luxury suites and 5000 club seats
• Motorsports & Automotive R&D Park in collaboration with McMaster University
• Industrial Park for Motorsport Suppliers & Component Manufacturers
• Eco Park, Bike Paths & Walkways, RV park
• Line of sight design – full view of the oval and road course
• Retail/Commercial Area
• 4 miles from US/Canada Border
• 10 minutes from Niagara Falls, Hotels & Casinos
• Driver training and Driver Experience –for karts, motorcycles and cars

Canadian Motor Speedway is a $150 million racetrack development situated on 820 acres of land in Fort Erie directly adjacent to the QEW within 5 miles of the Canadian/U.S. border and 11.2 miles from Niagara Falls. It will include ancillary construction for; infrastructure, recreational, commercial, industrial and educational uses that will expand the build-out to $400 million.

The middle of the development consists of a standalone 1 mile oval which combines to form a 2.6 mile FIA grade road course through an innovative system of tunnels. Every one of the 60,000 stadium seats provides expansive views of both; the speedway and roadcourse, as well as, vistas for maximum enjoyment of a comprehensive list of motorsports events. 5,000 enclosed club seats and 80 suites will favour the customer with first class catering and access. The development will provide world class racing events for up to 100,000 spectators in a variety of motorsports including automobiles, motorcycles, karting and various motorized and non-motorized public events. CMS is committed to improving on industry best practices by providing handicapped and limited manoeuvrability patrons with a best case scenario in terms of access, support and enjoyment.

South of the speedway and road course will be the institutional research and development facility. Testing of vehicles supplemental to the McMaster University Research & Development initiative will include motorized and non-motorized such as solar and electric vehicles. Research will concentrate on the study of fuels, materials and power train technology. The research park will attract national and international investment.

Immediately north of the facility will be a Retail/Commercial development that includes the main entrance. The biodiversity plan will enhance and expand on the 170 acres of environmentally significant woodlots and wetlands throughout the site.

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Canadian Motor Speedway Needs Your Support!

Canadian Motor Speedway Needs Your Support!

By OntarioOval.com – Shovels are anxiously waiting to dig into Fort Erie soil, and one final hurdle remains for the Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS).

The Ontario Municipal Board will conduct a pre-hearing conference on Tuesday, January 17th to review the remaining appeals against the speedway’s development. If CMS is able to clear this process, it will allow them to begin construction in late Spring 2012, with a grand opening scheduled for mid-2013.

The pre-hearing is open to the public, and will be held on Tuesday, January 17th at 11am at the Town of Fort Erie Council Chambers.

Race fans are encouraged to attend to show support for the construction of the Canadian Motor Speedway. A limited number of CMS support shirts will be available to those who attend.

USEFUL LINKS:

Official Canadian Motor Speedway Website: www.cdnmotorspeedway.com

Canadian Motor Speedway Project FAN Page: www.facebook.com/CMSPFE

OMB Pre-Hearing Event Jan 17th, 2011 11am: www.facebook.com/#!/events/271142699585302

INTERESTING INFO:

CMS MYTH BUSTERS
At CMS we believe it is very important for the public to receive correct information about the development and its impact on local communities. Here are a few mis-informed views about the speedway and the corresponding facts:

– CMS is killing wetlands and natural vegetation; FALSE – The entire CMS layout has been oriented to avoid all environmentally designated areas while incorporating provincially mandated setbacks as part of the design of all structures on site.

– CMS will be too noisy; FALSE – Our noise mitigation plan meets Ministry Of Environment noise standards for all activities approved for the site. CMS has accounted for 3 levels of noise management including 26m high grandstands, 9m noise berms surrounding the entire site, and 10m high billboard systems on top of the berms. Ongoing sound monitoring apparatus will be a permanent part of the CMS development to ensure we continue to regulate all sound levels emanating from CMS…..it’s in our rezoning bylaw.

– CMS will cause traffic jams; FALSE – CMS has engaged some of the best traffic consultants in North America possessing experience with major successful speedways and sports venues in Canada and the US. Our traffic management master plan incorporates elements like border control, timed entry, fan shuttles, and local law enforcement marshaling just to name a few. A great fan experience starts and ends with a great traffic management plan. No guess work involved here.

– CMS will reduce property values; FALSE – Average land values on CMS property and surrounding areas after last year’s rezoning are yielding 9X multiples and are anticipated to increase after ground breaking. You’re welcome!

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Local Resident Shows Support For Canadian Motor Speedway

Local Resident Shows Support For Canadian Motor Speedway

December 21st, 2011 – Although some in the area oppose the construction of the Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie, Ontario, one local resident is in full support of the state-of-the-art facility being built. Claire MacSweyn of Ridgeway, recently wrote the Fort Erie Times to support the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway and her letter was published on Saturday, December 17th.

Click the following link to read Claire’s letter online at the Fort Erie Times website: http://eedition.forterietimes.ca/doc/Fort-Erie-Times/fort-erie-times-dec-17/2011121601/?zoom-7&mode=mobile

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Canadian Motor Speedway To Be Reviewed By OMB

Canadian Motor Speedway To Be Reviewed By OMB

By OntarioOval.com – On Friday, April 8th the Ontario Municipal Board will conduct a pre-hearing regarding the Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00am and will explore various issues with the planned build.

For complete details read the complete story from the Niagara Review: OMB pre-hearing into speedway project April 8 by Kris Dube

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Canadian Motor Speedway Update: Niagara Falls Review

Canadian Motor Speedway Update: Niagara Falls Review

The Niagara Falls Review posted a story regarding the Canadian Motor Speedway. The track will attend council meeting this coming Tuesday as part of the continuing process to finalize the building of this new state-of-the-art facility.

The complete story can be read at: http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2743543

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