First Look at Bid for Lancaster Track

July 28, 2018

LANCASTER -- A site plan for the proposed thoroughbred horse racing track in north Lancaster has been submitted for review, as well as a list of answers to questions town officials had for the project’s developers.

According to information provided by Southboro-based Capital Group Properties, which would develop the track for the Canadian horse racing company The Stronach Group, the track would take up approximately 100 acres of land out of a total 350-acre site on the west side of Route 70 (Lunenburg Road).

Site plans only detail a track that would border the edge of Interstate 190 and be accessible by way of McGovern Boulevard off Route 70. No dimensions are provided for the structure itself, though it is surrounded by parking lots capable of accommodating up to 1,220 vehicles. Apart from the track, there are no other structures on the site plan. However, the plan does show a proposed traffic rotary on the planned road leading to the racetrack and an additional northward-reaching road branching off of the rotary.

According to the statement of answers provided to local officials Wednesday, the remaining acreage “will become part of an overall mixed use development that could include retail space, commercial space, industrial space, residential units and a hotel to name a few.”

The track would likely hold hours of operation from noon to 6 p.m. on race days, though there is a possibility that some races could occur at night.

The project’s developers also estimate that normal race day events could attract as many as 1,000 people on a weekday and up to 2,500 spectators on weekends.

The site would also be capable of stabling approximately 500 horses during the racing season, which runs normally runs from late spring until late fall.

The track could employ as many as 100 employees during live events, as well as create other jobs for trainers, groomers, exercisers, “hot walkers,” blacksmiths, equine dentists, feed and hay workers, and hospitality and service-industry workers, according to the statement provided to town officials.

The track complex would be available for concerts, holiday festivities, and corporate events on non-racing days and simulcast wagering would take place at the track during its off-season.

In their statement of answers to town officials, the project’s developers also tout ways in which the track would benefit Lancaster, including real estate taxes, personal property taxes, host-town fees and “other related fees,” though no estimates for how much revenue the town might receive are provided.

The developers also claim the track would be a benefit to local farms due to the amount of hay and grain that would be need to be purchased to feed the horses, as well as temporary boarding and breeding services.

A public forum on the project will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at Lancaster Town Hall.

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