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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:34 am 
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http://www.kansascity.com/2011/11/02/3244357/kc-may-buy-drag-strip-for-new.html

Here's an article in the KC Star about the city trying to buy the track to make it a park so a bunch of rich snobs won't have the noise from the track. Why did they build there if they didn't like the noise or the track, after all it's been there for 30 or so years. It's been the best track around here for a long time.

The article makes it sound like a done deal. The only good thing is IF they actually build a new track it MAY be closer to me. My bet it there won't be a new track built any time soon.

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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:48 am 
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That really sucks.

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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:11 pm 
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Let them know there will be EPA issues with using that property without removing a lot of the land and replacing it due to oil and gas spills over time. They tried that here, sold a couple race tracks only to find the soil was contaminated and the cost to fix it was prohibitive. They shut down the tracks and can't use them for anything else now without spending a ton of money. It may make them decide against it, call the newspaper and tv stations, and maybe even get the EPA involved. =; Might save the track. \:D/


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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:09 pm 
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The track was built in 1967.

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 Post Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:43 am 
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It sounds like its a political move where they are being forced to sell to the city. The only thing they give a crap about is shutting them down, there will probably never be a park there. The city doesn't have extra money right now to be throwing around building parks, they can't even run the schools.

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 Post Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:30 am 
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rick360 wrote:
It sounds like its a political move where they are being forced to sell to the city.

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THAT is one of the major problems in this country today! IMHO Eminent Domain was a BIG mistake as "We The People" basically have no rights where property is concerned. If you're lucky and pay your property taxes the Government "allows" you to live there as long as they don't have a need for it! Eminent Domain is just another of those "for the greater good" type of thingies that in the end wound up with unintended consequences.

Ever hear of a automotive type of race track in China? O:)

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 Post Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:35 am 
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Here is an excerpt from a local racer site written by someone "close to the situation".

******** Start of Quote from other site **********
Let me start out by saying that the "sale" of the track is not a decision that the owners want to make. They are not sell-outs, nor are they willingly abandoning the racing community. They are as deeply tied to racing, if not more, than anyone here.

In a nutshell, this was a political move. It may be one person, it may be a combination of people, but there are only 3 major players who have the kind of clout around KC to force the sale of the track.

**** Names removed here ***

Next, while what the city may try to claim is that this is a voluntary sale, nothing could be further from the truth. The city had been trying to buy the track for a while, but could never come up with any money. So the track entered into negotiations with another buyer (who would actually keep the track there, but would result in an infusion of cash for the track). After finding out that the current owners had found a buyer that would keep the track where it is, the city sent a letter threatening the condemnation of the land. Guess what that did to the sale of the property.

While under threat of condemnation, the property is dead. You can't sell it. You can't rezone it. And it makes no sense to spend any more money on it, because it may be taken from you at any time. So that's the first dirty trick the city pulled. Just the threat of condemnation crushed any chance the track had of selling to someone who could improve the place and devalued the purchase price to any other interested buyer.

Then the city, through its codes administration, began really putting the pressure on the owners to "fix" certain alleged violations at the track. "You can't have any electricity in your new outbuilding." Ok. Then it was, "You MUST run electricity to the new outbuilding." Ok. Then it was, "You have to repave the parking lot near the outbuilding". Why? That wasn't on the approved plans? "DO IT!" Then it was, "you need illuminated exit signs in the building." Why? Those weren't on the approved plans and this is a storage shed. It's not a public building as defined by the codes. "Do it or we'll fine you, etc, etc,"

So the city started making it clear that if the owners didn't sell, at a low ball price which the city could afford, they'd just come out there every single day and find something to ticket them for. Take away their vending permit. Something. The city very clearly sent the message, 'If you don't give us this land, we'll make your life a living hell. And if you make us go through the condemnation process, we'll make sure you are offered pennies on the dollar for the property and that after you've paid your lawyers, you'll walk away with next to nothing."

Welcome to Kansas City politics. And you thought it was bad during the Cleaver days?

And so far, the city has failed and refused to provide any assistance in finding another location for the racetrack. The owners even agreed to take less money in exchange for help finding a replacement property and some time to operate while they built the new facility. The city was NOT willing to give them another season, or even another day. The city is not paying what the property is worth, but it's paying more for the property just to shut it down NOW and to not have to find a new place. If that gives you any idea of the real motivations behind this move.

So you, the tax payers, while still getting a deal on the property, could have had it even cheaper if the city would have given the owners more time and helped them find a new place. But the city would rather pay more to run a business out of town immediately. Feel free to be pissed aS fuark about that, too.

So the city will have a completely worthless, non-income generating nuisance that it will have to take care of in place of a money earning, property tax paying business.

But hey, at least some of the more powerful women in the city will be able to line their pockets with cash after it's gone. And when it comes down to it, isn't being a politician really about using your power for your own profit?

Those are about all of the details I can provide at this time. I'm waiting for the press release to be issued by the city, to see how they "spin" this thing, but what I just told you is pretty dang accurate (other than my speculation about who is behind the string pulling). The city is RUNNING THE TRACK OUT OF TOWN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

The track has been blackmailed, bullied and beaten into selling. HOWEVER, you can still lean on your elected officials to either (a) undo the deal and refuse to fund the purchase; or (b) at a minimum, assist the owners in finding a new location for the track.

Those are the facts as I believe them to be.

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