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Claremont continues Speedway expansion hearing

CLAREMONT — Claremont's zoning board has continued a hearing on a proposed seasonal RV campground at the Claremont Speedway in the face of opposition from abutters.

According to the Eagle Times, Claremont Speedway is seeking an exemption from the zoning ordinance that would allow 149 campground sites, a recreation hall, playing field, swimming pool and two comfort stations. The proposed 66-acre development would be at 282 Thrasher Road, next to the racetrack.

The original plan, which was withdrawn after opposition from abutters, included a 200-site campground and two swimming pools.

The race track’s ownership team includes James Ambrose, Phil Hayes, and Joseph Purita, who purchased the site from the Fleury family on Dec. 10, 2014.

Ambrose said six people would be hired to run and maintain the facility, including an on-site manager. The summer rental season would run from May 1-Oct. 31 and the winter season would run from Nov. 1-March 31.

Among issues sited by abutters are: dust from tree cutting, the change to the character of the neighborhood, noise levels and concerns about property values.

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