As we prepare to usher in 2014, Canadian Motor Speedway Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Abou Taleb took some time to reflect on 2013 as a critical milestone and an extremely important year in CMS history.
Ground was finally broken in October on the $400 million dollar project after seven years of approval process to get work started on the site in Fort Erie. “2013 was extremely historic for CMS, and a very long anticipated result. But the Major Investors and Share Holders are very excited and very much delighted! We are ready now to move to the second stage.” Taleb commented.
November saw Phase-One of the development started, the re-construction of Miller Creek. The main flow channel of the creek has been excavated, and the banks of the creek grass hydro-seeded. With the CMS site locked down for the winter, architectural firms, the best in Canada, to get Jeff Gordon’s design down to formal blueprints, are being interviewed. Developing a detailed site plan will take approximately three months to reflect the approved zoning bylaw. The final site plan will be submitted to the Town of Fort Erie in April, with a projected construction start on pre-grading and site alteration work by mid- summer, 2014.
A gala, formal ground breaking is also planned for the summer, involving complex designer Jeff Gordon. The formal ground breaking will green-flag eighteen months of construction of the sports’ first Carbon Neutral, and Canada’s first world class oval and integrated road course to host a variety of racing platforms, notably stock car and open wheel racing. CMS is scheduled to be race-ready in 2016.
At this festive time of year, Taleb also wanted to relay Season’s Greetings to CMS fans and supporters.
“I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. We very much look forward to your continuing support and involvement with us! We look forward to seeing you at each and every Canadian Motor Speedway event.” Taleb offered.