County OKs expansion of speedway

Mesa County commissioners this morning unanimously signed off on the expansion of the Grand Junction Motor Speedway, enabling operators to build a motocross track to accompany the existing go-kart track.

The board approved a request from Twenty-Niners LLC, a group of investors that owns the speedway, to amend its conditional-use permit to create the 1.25-mile, 30-foot-wide dirt track. Operators hope to build and open the track within 30 days. The permit amendment also allows owners to erect a 38-foot sign adjacent to Interstate 70 and create a new entrance to the facility.

“There are so many kids and adults that desperately need a place where they can practice in a controlled environment,” Stacey Cook, one of the owners, said after this morning’s hearing.

The speedway, which opened in 2001, was the subject of a number of noise complaints that led to its brief closure in 2002. On Monday, the only person who testified before commissioners was a supporter of the expansion.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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