Last year, NASCAR developers were looking at land in Staten Island to build a racetrack and Newsday reports that they have since bought the land and they have renderings! International Speedway Corporation bought a 450 acre former oil tank farm for $100 million and wants to build a racetrack with a retail center.
Don't start buying those colorful sponsor laden jackets just yet though, the plan still has many obstacles. The 3/4 mile, 82,500 person track would be built near wetlands and could result in traffic from race attendees. Newsday gives us plenty of information on the plan:
- Ferries would transport fans to other parts of the area
- 240 acres of wetlands would be restored, including trails for walking
- 620,000 sq ft. of retail space would be built in addition to the track
- Sound walls would be built, reducing noise to 67 decibels for the nearest neighborhood (the subway is 92 decibels)
Promoters for the planned track say that 60% of the fans would come from the New York area, which is NASCAR's 4th largest market. Build or not, NASCAR already has a track in Brooklyn. Brooklyn, Michigan. And why build an oval for New York when we have so many roads! How about throwing in some right turns?
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