KCMO Completes Purchase of KCIR
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City International Raceway in south Kansas City is now officially the property of the City of Kansas City, which plans on turning the area into a park.
The city purchased the track at 82nd and Noland Road for around $1.5 million – a move that has proved to be very unpopular with many race fans who said that the drag strip attracted thousands of people to the area each year and provided a boost for area businesses.
The now-former owners of KCIR, which opened in 1967, have until January 31st to leave the property. Opponents of the sale say that it was done under threat of condemnation through imminent domain, a claim that city officials deny.
According to city officials, negotiations for the 93-acre property began in January when the track’s owners approached the city with an offer.
The city plans on turning the land, adjacent to the Little Blue River in Knobtown, into a new city park to benefit residents in the Little Blue Valley.