National Corvette Museum vs. neighbors: what does the future look like?

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BOWLING GREEN The National Corvette Museum says they look to grow their Motorsports park in the future but will do so in compliance with the new noise agreement reached last week.

The City Planning Commission approved an agreement on Thursday that stemmed from a lawsuit nearly a year and a half in the making.

Both NCM and its neighbors are looking forward to their new agreement, and NCM will look to continue their success while also following their new guidelines.

"[There are] lots of plans on the table," says Aaron Smith, representing NCM. "There may be some plans in the future of additional track areas, things of that nature, nothing concrete as they move forward but lots of potential options."

Smith says, "Long-range planning all involves building consistent with the park's obligations to the neighbors and to the planning commission and to the community."

In the Motorsports park attempt to grow, they must do so without habitually or fragrantly being in a state of non-compliance, or they could be brought up against Warren Circuit Court.

"If the court finds that non-compliance rises to one of those levels, that triggers a number of penalties, as I would call them, that my clients can enforce," says Chris Davenport, representing "Clark Circle Neighborhood."

There are decibel levels that cannot be exceeded over an hour period from the Motorsports park.

The levels were determined by sound experts brought in by both parties.

Aaron Smith says set guideline will be beneficial to both parties involved.

"My client's obligation to operate within those sound limits is going to continue into the future," he says, "and we like that because now we all have a specific set of guidelines, and it'll be better for everyone involved."

Davenport says he and his clients had two goals of the lawsuit brought on NCM in October 2015:

"One: it allows the Corvette Museum to continue to operate their track in a reasonably appropriate manner, and then number two: it protects my client's reasonable use of their properties."

He says if the past year is any indication, there shouldn't be much of a problem to accomplish that.

"If they continue to operate the track like they did last year for the most part and pursuant to these restrictions," he says, "we think we'll meet both goals."

Davenport also says there's no ill-will from his clients toward the park, only a desire co-exist.

"My people, almost to a T, want that facility to succeed," he goes on, In fact, many of my clients are retired GM employees who take great pride in the Corvette brand. They take pride in the Museum."

Aaron Smith says it's a park priority to be a good neighbor.

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