The debate over transforming Cooper Stadium into a race track continues.
On Tuesday night, representatives for Arshot Investments laid out the group's latest redevelopment plan to the Franklinton Area Commission, 10TV's Danielle Elias reported.
Dozens of people attended the meeting, listening to the plans that would turn Cooper Stadium into a half-mile racing facility and a center for automotive research and development.
SLIDESHOW: Redevelopment Plans
The area has been vacant since the Columbus Clippers relocated to Huntington Park in 2009.
Arshot Investments said the $30 million project will create the need for 300 jobs.
Even with the prospect of job creation, residents remain skeptical of the plan and the noise that would accompany a race complex.
Franklinton business owner Mary Rhinehart said she was worried that the project would bring down property values in the area.
"We have a two-year old school that was just recently built. We have wonderful, low-income houses that were just made into cute little cottages," she said. "The area is just coming around. This will send it down."
Not every Franklinton resident is opposed to the addition of a race track.
"I see a lot of land here that could be used and we have an opportunity to do something with it," said resident Lynne Merrill. "It's not going to come often. So to me, I see more positive than negative."
The Franklinton Area Commission is scheduled to decide whether it will endorse the race park by Nov. 9.
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