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Speed­way Ra­cing is in the midst of plans to open a loc­a­tion in Cin­nam­in­son.

Speed­way Ra­cing will soon open it’s third loc­a­tion on Route 130 in Cin­nam­in­son.

A new busi­ness and rat­able is ra­cing to­wards the fin­ish line and a pro­posed Oc­to­ber open­ing in Cin­nam­in­son. 

Speed­way Ra­cing, a na­tion­al go-kart ra­cing fa­cil­ity, will be open­ing its third loc­a­tion in the coun­try at the old Van­ity Fair and Sleepy’s Mat­tress fa­cil­it­ies on Route 130 in Cin­nam­in­son. 

It’s a wel­come rat­able and new busi­ness along the busi­ness cor­ridor in the bor­ough, Deputy May­or An­thony Min­niti said. 

“What we’ve done on Route 130, we’ve tried to pro­mote a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent uses that would work to­geth­er, en­hance and in­crease traffic along the cor­ridor. We wanted to of­fer something dif­fer­ent that’s not just re­tail. We want a se­lec­tion of of­fer­ings that will bring a di­verse rep­res­ent­a­tion of shop­pers to Cin­nam­in­son,” he said. “By adding something like this en­ter­tain­ment use, that will also make it more at­tract­ive for busi­nesses to be here. We’ve tried to pro­mote that di­versity.”

The go-kart fa­cil­ity is in the com­bined store­fronts of the old Van­ity Fair and Sleepy’s Mat­tress store in the Acme Shop­per Cen­ter on Route 130. The 88,000 square-foot fa­cil­ity will have a soft open­ing on Oct. 15 and then a grand open­ing ce­re­mony some­time in Novem­ber, Vice Pres­id­ent of Speed­way Ra­cing Keith As­plundh said. 

The fa­cil­ity will fea­ture two go-kart tracks, party rooms for cel­eb­ra­tions or cor­por­ate events, an ar­cade with sim­u­la­tion games, and an old-school slot car ra­cing track, As­plundh said. 

“The con­struc­tion star­ted about a month ago at the fa­cil­ity and we should be fin­ished by Septem­ber,” As­plundh said. “The town­ship has been great work­ing with us so far. We’re look­ing for­ward to open­ing in Cin­nam­in­son.”

The track will boast eco-friendly European go-karts that run off of elec­tri­city, not gas, As­plundh said. The karts are made in Italy and will be able to race at speeds of about 50-miles-per-hour. 

With this busi­ness open­ing in the next few months, Min­niti ex­plained that the vast ma­jor­ity of re­devel­op­ment has been com­pleted along Route 130. A Son­ic Drive-In fast food res­taur­ant re­cently opened its doors to cus­tom­ers in the Acme cen­ter as well, he said. 

“We do have some smal­ler par­cels and we’re act­ively work­ing on re­devel­op­ing those. The fu­ture of de­vel­op­ment on Route 130 will be with more med­ic­al pro­fes­sion­al of­fice space, we’re try­ing to mar­ket that, there’s needs for that in the bor­ough,” he said. “Also, there are some plans for seni­or cit­izen con­tinu­ing care fa­cil­it­ies, that’s something we don’t have. The lar­ger par­cels have been mostly re­developed.”

For more in­form­a­tion on Speed Race­way check out its web­site at www.speedrace­way.com.

You can reach at rlinnehan@bsmphilly.com.

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