Plans to convert Cooper Stadium into a race track facility moved forward on Monday night, as members of Columbus City Council unanimously voted to rezone the site from rural to commercial planned development.
The Board of Zoning Adjustment must still approve a permit for any spectator events at the facility, the city said.
In addition to legislation approving the zoning change, city council also set requirements for the construction, maintenance and review of a sound wall at the race track. Critics of the race track plan have voiced concern over noise and how it will impact the surrounding Franklinton neighborhood.
SLIDESHOW: Images Of Old Cooper Stadium, Proposed Park
Part of the legislation also gives the Board of Zoning Adjustment authority to limit the dates and times of all functions at the facility, including spectator and motorsport events.
Arshot Investment Corp. said the Cooper Park facility would cost $30-$40 million to create. In addition to a race track, the site would include an automotive research facility and restaurants.
The developer said up to 300 jobs would be created.
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