Oregon Motor Speedway hearing

A public meeting will be held on September 24 at the Morrow County Courthouse in Heppner, OR, to evaluate the US$500m, 1.95-mile Oregon Motor Speedway project outside the nearby town of Boardman. "We're making progress every day," said Stelian Onufrei of Racing Unlimited Inc, the company behind this latest American race circuit project, which is designed to seat 145,000 and to incorporate a drag strip

Oregon Motor Speedway hearing

Racing Unlimited approached the Port of Morrow in July 2000 about building a new speedway on 2700 acres owned by the port. A deal has now been completed providing the Port with $500,000 a year or $1 per person from ticket sales, whichever is greater. Port manager Gary Neal said: "There are no other venues in the Pacific Northwest that meet the latest and greatest facilities that the racing industry would like to have."

The project also features office space, a gift shop, a 2500sq.ft arcade, 5000 camping sites, several restaurants, a 3500-space RV park and parking for 43,500 other vehicles. Racing Unlimited has submitted detailed plans to improve roads and highways in the area to handle the anticipated increase in traffic, but has dropped a proposal to build a 250-room motel on the site after the Oregon Land Use Board asked Morrow County to review the plans.

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