Columbus City Council president Andrew Ginther announced his full support on Thursday for a plan to convert Cooper Stadium into a race track facility.
Ginther's support could be important, as members of City Council are expected to vote Monday on whether to approve zoning changes that would allow the project to move forward.
Ginther said he made his decision based on what he thinks is best for the city's west side.
"Economic development and jobs, period. It's that simple," Ginther said. "Franklinton is still struggling with double-digit unemployment (and) this is a great proposal and potential catalyst for economic development and jobs on the west side."
SLIDESHOW: Images Of Old Cooper Stadium, Proposed Park
Ginther said if the majority of council approves the zoning change, Arshot Investment Corp. would get a special permit with strict wording that addresses the concerns of many residents, including noise and traffic, 10TV's Angela An reported.
If Arshot fails to meet those guidelines, the permit can be pulled and the project shut down.
The race track facility is expected to cost $30-$40 million and create up to 300 jobs, 10TV News reported.
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June 22, 2011: New Race Track Plan Revealed At Old Cooper Stadium