Aurora racetrack measure unanimously voted off November ballot

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AURORA, Colo. -- The Aurora City Council voted unanimously to remove a measure for a potential entertainment district with a NASCAR-style racetrack from the November ballot at a special meeting on Thursday night.

The proposed project would have been developed in an open space of city-owned land in east Aurora near Interstate 70 and Hudson Road.

The potential development had drawn comparisons to the Kansas Speedway outside of Kansas City, Kan., with hotels, restaurants and shopping.

Since 1999, Aurora’s charter has specifically banned all motor sports facilities.

In June, the city council approved a ballot measure asking voters to overturn a provision that blocks the city from offering subsidies for incentives to motor sports facilities.

Councilwoman Sally Mounier, who was spearheading the initiative, said she will be back with a plan for the 2019 ballot that will include an entertainment district with a NASCAR-style racetrack and possibly a minor league baseball facility.