Cooper Park takes next step | The Columbus Dispatch

Plans for the proposed Cooper Park racetrack were filed with Columbus zoning officials yesterday, another necessary step before the Columbus City Council will take up the project and dive into a heated debate. Full Story
Too Late

Westerville, OH

#1 Aug 31, 2010
German Village is miles away with 2 freeways and the downtown of a major city in between. Noise from the west side is not going to interupt any peter puffing 3 miles away.
0651 Tuesday

Reynoldsburg, OH

#2 Aug 31, 2010
Too Late wrote:
German Village is miles away with 2 freeways and the downtown of a major city in between. Noise from the west side is not going to interupt any peter puffing 3 miles away.
Miles away? 3 miles away? Look at a map. Are you sure you're not reading kilometers instead of miles?
Mary

Columbus, OH

#3 Aug 31, 2010
I thought the same thing! What the heck is German Village complaining about. the freeway noise will be heard first?!?!
watcher

Zanesville, OH

#4 Aug 31, 2010
bring it on. NObody wants that property next to the cemetery. What good is it? Let them develop it and lets put some people to work. There is no plan that will make everyone happy. The Audobon center new this was there when they developed their site. So, no surprise here.
Eileen

Columbus, OH

#5 Aug 31, 2010
I'm very concerned that the Dispatch reporter would only quote people that live miles away in German Village ("this won't happen without a fight," and those hundred or so people who live in the posh Waterford Tower ("this will negatively affect thousands of people for the benefit of one developer.")
I think the reporter is out of touch or trying to skew the story. There are thousands of people who live directly around the old stadium who want this project to happen, but there is not one quote from them. There are two neighborhood groups representing the immediate area that have voted to support the new proposal. All will indeed "put up a fight" to bring jobs and economic assistance to their neighborhoods, things that German Village has enjoyed for years, and that Waterford is enjoying now with the $100 million bridge in their front yard. And as for thousands of people who will be impacted - that's right: the thousands of people who live in the Southwest and Franklinton neighborhoods who very much want to see this Research facility with a small race track to test new fuels and electric cars of the future, as well as have a dozen or so races a year for entertainment. Mr. Ferenchik, please tell the ENTIRE story.:
Sgt Steve

Collierville, TN

#6 Aug 31, 2010
No way the idiots, liberals & bleeding hearts in this city will approve this. After all, it could create jobs, and bring revenue into the area. You are talking a seasonal use venue, that is used for short periods of time. City Council will uphold thier place as a group of morons that can't make a rational decision, and the rich, elitists that influence them will let a piece of property rot into the ground to stop progress. Thanks, Columbus!
Ruthie

Columbus, OH

#7 Aug 31, 2010
NO ONE around Cooper really cares what German Village wants, they are not concerned about the residents of Waterford Towers; they care about jobs and new opportunites for their neighborhood.
Mr Plow

Columbus, OH

#8 Aug 31, 2010
they need to develop that area and waiting years and years for it to sit idle is unfair to the people of Franklinton. The only people making a ruckus are the folks with money that don't live there. I hope council votes to approve it. That area has waited far too long for economic development. The complainers in German village and Waterford towers need to suck it up and get on with their lives. Let the people most affected by the good of development have THEIR say and get this done.
OnTime

Westerville, OH

#9 Aug 31, 2010
Lets not forget that this is being developed with private money!!! Jeff Gordon and many others want to bring millions of dollars INTO our city. The designs show that this facility will be probably the nicest in the WHOLE COUNTRY.
Mary

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 31, 2010
well said Eileen. Makes sense to talk to people that live in the area. I drive thru there a few times a weeks and there are a lot of the 'FOR Cooper Park' signs in yards. really, German Village? duh!

and to OnTime. Ain't that the truth! If it's private money, even better, why such a fight?

I'm sorry if I missed this anywhere, but does anybody know the Dispatch's side on this issue?
Duh

New Albany, OH

#11 Aug 31, 2010
I agree with the majority of residents. this will bring jobs. and they need this on the near west side. Those GERMAN VILLAGE Nerds are for the casinos where they can spend their money. sorry, they are to uptight for good racing.

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