We just received the following via email
J.D. Investments to abandon Henriette Minnesota site for Pine Run Motorsports Park After a years worth of detailed work and an extensive environmental assessment of the Henriette MN. site, J.D. Investments, Pine Run Motorsports Park have chosen to pursue a new location for a motorsports facility. An introduction of the project in January 2005 to the Pine County community and year long environmental assessment of the property produced a need for continued environmental assessment. J.D. Investments CEO and project developer Jed Copham and staff recently made this decision rather than pursue an Environmental ! Impact Statement (EIS) as directed by a Pine County Board of Commissioners decision in October. Jed Copham goes on to explain, at the Henriette location, wetlands and future soil corrections were the primary factors for moving from the Harley Sod Farm location. Part of our year long exercise in Pine County included a required wetland deliniation study to establish or designate onsite wetlands. Continued meetings and discussions with a number of regulatory agencies could not produce a wetland deliniation. Having that would have been a much needed starting point to establish onsite wetlands and further produce an extensive and final layout of the facility. Soil corrections were another strong point in moving from the sod farm site. Through our own research, we knew that sod farms in the metro area were being converted to usable land uses. We felt that the Harley Sod Farm could be established for our own use in much the same way. Soil borings at the site also produced various levels of peat and mixed soils and admitedly, it was extensive in some areas but, we chose to work with these conditions if other factors could be met. Copham goes on to say that the Henriette location included a 1/4 mile drag strip, 3.6 mile road course and a 3/8 mile go kart track on 530 acres. Considering the amount of activity that would have been generated at the Henriette site, our new location will be downscaled to include less day to day activity, less annual activity and focus primarily on our original business plan for a pristine road course facility and go kart track. Pine Run Vice President and General Manager Scott Quick adds that Pine Run's year long exercise in Pine County produced overwhelming support from residents and the business community in both Pine and K! anabec Counties. We are greatful to everyone that supported our efforts, all throughout Minnesota and ask for their continued support as we evaluate other sites. We're especially grateful to all of our friends and supporters in Pine County that welcomed our development and saw it as a good business opportunity for the area. Racing enthusiasts throughout Minnesota that have followed our project from the beginning should also know that J.D. Investments is commited to constructing a motorsports facility and our decision to move from this site has not detered our passion to find a new home.