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Friday, February 6, 2009 6:13 AM EST
By Brian McCullough
Special to The Mercury
A bicycling businessman wants to put Chester County on the sport's fast track with a new indoor velodrome and events center.
The velodrome would be the first indoor cycling track on the East Coast and only the second in the United States.
The 2,500-seat arena and velodrome, a steeply banked wooden track, would be capable of hosting high-level national and international competitions and provide a year-round facility for training and development of young cyclists, said David Chauner, a two-time Olympic cyclist and member of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.
Although the velodrome and cycling program would anchor the facility, the building is designed for multi-use purposes, including added seating capacity for concerts, other sporting events and community activities.
Chauner's Velodrome Management Group of Audubon has been researching sites in the Philadelphia area for several years and recently decided on Chester County due to its proximity to Philadelphia and central location in southeastern Pennsylvania, home to thousands of cyclists and cycling events.
The Chester County Economic Development Council is helping Chauner find a 10- to 15-acre site that is close to rail lines and major highways and in a community that has nearby hotels, restaurants and businesses to service visitors. Added pluses would be close proximity to other recreation facilities and a location that could be easily reached by bike path.
With a price tag of about $15 million, the development council said it expects the velodrome to create nearly 100 new full- and part-time jobs and that $25 million to $35 million would be pumped into the local economy by out-of-town visitors each year.
IMC Construction of Malvern, R2 Architects of Voorhees, N.J., and V-Worldwide of Detroit have been selected to assist Velodrome Management Group with the project.
Tim Connor, senior director of the county development council, said the ability to hold large gatherings when cycling and sporting events aren't going on "is something Chester County desperately needs."
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Indoor track in Chester County?
February 5th, 2009 2:38 pm · 0 comments
Professional race promoter David Chauner is working with economic development officials in neighboring Chester County to find a site for an indoor cycling track, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.
Chauner is president of the Pro Cycling Tour, which promotes the Pennsylvania Triple Crown professional races in Allentown, Reading and Philadelphia. Until recent years, the Allentown race was held in Lancaster.
Chauner established the Velodrome Management Group L.L.C.to develop a 2,500-seat cycling track and arena. He is Chester County Economic Development Council and has reporedly narrowed the search to about three locations in the Route 30 corridor area near Exton.
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