The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia
Wednesday, 07 April 2021 12:23

Developer slams brakes on proposed Oak Ridge motorsports park

Knox News: Developer pulls Oak Ridge motorsports park proposal after pushback


In a victory for local environmentalists, the developer who proposed and pushed for a motorsports park on the western end of Oak Ridge has abandoned the project in hopes of finding a more “attractive” community.

The park would’ve been located in the Horizon Center industrial park and required the development of natural areas preserved via a city agreement with the Department of Energy.

Individuals and groups such as the Oak Ridge-based Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning said the proposal was inherently inappropriate for the site, citing the loss of diverse, mature hardwood forest, and noise pollution.