The National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park today was issued a notice of violation by the City-County Planning Commission in response to complaints from neighbors about noise.
The notice, issued this morning prior to a meeting of neighbors at the park on Grimes Road, calls for all building construction and event-related activities to cease within 24 hours. It states the property is out of compliance with the Warren County Joint Zoning Ordinance.
Planning commission staff report they delivered the NOV this morning, but as of press time Wendell Strode, executive director of the National Corvette Museum, had not seen the document.
The notice calls for the motor sports park to comply with adopted binding elements for the property and conditions of approval of the detailed development plan approved for the property, including installation of a noise abatement structure.
Neighbors in recent weeks complained about the noise created by the park, including at a planning commission meeting two weeks ago.
The notice also calls for a detailed construction site plan compliance summary that verifies all existing buildings along with other structures and a site summary including seating capacity, the control tower under construction and all planned meeting spaces within seven days of the NOV being issued.
Within 30 days of the notice, a detailed construction outline and timeline must be issued to comply with binding elements and the detailed development plan approved for the development, including a noise abatement structure.
It should be verified to the planning commission the site is in compliance with adopted binding elements and conditions of approval for the site’s detailed development plans within 90 days of the notice being issued.
An event is scheduled for July 10 at the park. “10/10ths Motorsports was conceived out of pure passion for the sport, and we have implemented that passion into every aspect of our operation. We welcome drivers of all skill levels, from the 1st timer to the experienced racer. We have a group that fits you just right,” the park’s website states.
The park opened in time for the museum’s anniversary in September and had a ribbon-cutting ceremony mid-month that drew Gov. Steve Beshear.
The Motorsports Park completes what Beshear called a “Corvette trifecta” that includes the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant and the Corvette museum.
“There can be no doubting the lure of the track as a tourist attraction – speed,” Beshear said.
The park was constructed with millions of dollars from private donors, but included a $400,000 special projects tourism grant from the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Those grants are approved for projects that will bring additional visitors to stay in the county’s motel rooms.