Noise Dispute at Corvette Museum Track to Go to Trial in 2016
For a site so loved and revered by legions of Corvette fans, the National Corvette Museum and its next-door Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, haven’t had the easiest two years. In February 2014, a sinkhole beneath the museum infamously swallowed up a number of the storied ‘Vettes, and beginning last year, complaints were raised about exceedingly high levels of noise observed by residents of the nearby Clark Circle neighborhood. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, this Motorsports Park noise dispute could be resolved in about one year’s time, but until then, the track will continue to operate as usual. Earlier this month, Judge John Grise denied a temporary injunction sought by neighbors which would have ceased track operation until the issue was seen at trial. A fall 2016 trial date has now been established, however Grise noted the temporary restraining order was not needed. Depending on the outcome, Clark Circle residents could receive damages at trial, up to fair market value for their property. "The primary job of this Court is to complete a thorough and fair final adjudication of the dispute, rather than a quick and premature one," Grise wrote. RELATED: New Race Track Outside of Boston is a Hidden Gem
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Though the continued rumble of sports cars, motorcycles, and go-karts racing on track isn’t what the Clark Circle residents had wanted, their attorney Chris Davenport agreed with Grise's initial order. “Looking forward, the judge recognized that immediate relief would be counterproductive to permanent relief,” Davenport told the paper.
“My clients are in a catch 22,” he noted. “One issue the residents face is that in order to show noise pollution at their residences, noise has to be present to measure and quantify. That doesn’t bring them quiet.”
Construction of a 1,630 foot-long earthen berm has been completed near the Motorsports Park property line, which is designed to abate noise pollution beyond track property. It is said that additional noise abatement structures will be constructed closer to the track to further reduce noise pollution. Hopefully both sides, track and neighbors, can reach an agreement on the issue.
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