Group pitches motorsports park for southwest side

March 2, 2010
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Motorsports Park map thumbA local man wants to build a motorsports park complete with a Motocross track, one-fifth-mile dirt track and ATV trails on 36 acres near Interstate 465 and Mann Road on the southwest side. Entrepreneur Dale Skaggs, who owns the property under Skaggs Enterprises Inc., has applied for a variance to build the park in a floodplain along the White River at 4107 W. Thompson Road. He's also are asking for permission to build restrooms, concession stands, and a bike wash and storage area, along with access to the White River. The site previously was approved for eight softball diamonds, batting cages and a concession stand. An initial hearing, scheduled for March 11, has been continued until April, said senior planner David Hittle. The planning department last year recommended denial of a similar proposal, citing the proximity of residential neighborhoods to what would be a noisy user, along with regulations on development in a floodplain, Hittle said. The developer's land-use attorney, Mike Quinn, says the site is perfect for the area's first American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned Motocross track. Check out the proposed site plan.

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  • duh?
    Because racing is doing soooo well in indy these days.
  • Anthony, someone let the haters out.

    Indy still holds the two largest one day sporting events in the world at IMS, largest drag race in the world, MotoGP at IMS not to mention a strong weekly race schedule from figure 8's at the Speedrome to sports cars at Raceway Park.

    be careful Dahooey, your spreading your partisan ignorance outside the sports blogs.
  • DaHooey
    Gee whiz, c'mon, someone forgot to run this by DaHooey first for his nonpartisan, objective viewpoint.

    Dang it, anyhow, you guys got to get this thing right in the future. Fist things first.

    Goodness......
  • Back on topic, This is a good idea only in areas where it will not disturb residents or businesses. If there are houses within hearing range, then they should have to sign off on it. As a kid I lived about a mile from the State Fairgrounds. Even with that distance, we could hear the spring cars running around the dirt track. But since they were first, we lived with it. I would hate to live near this thing and have to listen to it every night.
  • Excited
    As a local rider I am excited to see this business trying to come through. The bikes nowadays are getting much quieter, and he can even proprose a sound rule if he would like. There are several local clubs that do just that. The bikes exhaust volumes pale in comparison to the types of vehicles that run at the state fairgrounds.

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  1. Yes sir keep cashing those 300K a year checks direct to IMS, while millions disappear from the teams like Rahal's. Guess there wasn't enough ka- ching going around to keep Sarah Fisher in business without their "merger". LOL._____.Meanwhile back in Realville the series with the "best racing in the world" drew what appeared to be about 5000 live spectators ( and probably 1500 of those Target "freebies", and was beaten in the ratings by a series that reportedly consists of "parades" and aired while most people are still sleeping. That will generate those big ka-chings for sure. :-). But, hey, as long as the Speedway gets the cash who gives a damn about the teams?

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  3. If I could actually get the prices...I would do this on my own. We need laws that force provides to publish the costs they will charge. Everyone else gives you the price in advance...except hospitals.

  4. I was under the impression that fencing is not allowed on a front yard and that on a corner, both sides are considered "front" yards, therefore can't be fenced without a variance. Also impedes the visibility for drivers at the intersection. Am I understanding this correctly? Might be why a fence was not included in the plans and a request for a variance will have to be made?.

  5. I was a big fan of Cowards and Carrots, which I got a chance to see at the show. It's currently on Kickstarter, but the designer also put out What's He Building in There last year, which got a fair amount of buzz.

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