The National Corvette Museum is explaining the steps it plans to take to help cut noise coming from the Motorsports Park.
But will that solution actually work?
The explanation came in a letter dated July 29 from the NCM to the City-County Planning Commission of Warren County.
But while the NCM plan will meet the legal requirements to keep the park open and in compliance with an agreement reached with local officials before the track ever opened, NCM officials point out in their letter they are worried the proposed noise abatement structures would actually be more effective if built in different locations than agreed upon earlier.
Moving the structures to new locations, “regrettably, is not consistent with the binding elements and DDP (detailed development plan) previously adopted and approved,” NCM attorney Charles E. English Jr. said in the letter to Steve Hunter, executive director for the planning commission, Because of noise violations, the NCM has already been issued – and continues to violate – a notice to cease operations issued June 29 by the planning commission.
English maintains the original plan approved in 2014 contained construction of a noise abatement structure on the southern and eastern property line.
But recent monitoring data and analysis by acoustic engineers, the NCM attorney says, show that the noise could be better suppressed by building the structures in different places, such as closer to the track.
No fines have been charged to the museum yet, but residents upset with the NCM’s failure to close have continued to complain, even recently taking their case to the state attorney general.
What’s interesting about the noise complaints is that a 2013 report from Anderson Consulting of Lansing, Mich., concluded that the track when events were being conducted would only increase noise levels by a maximum of seven decibels, an amount not considered to be excessive by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 2011 Noise Analysis and Abatement Policy, which defines a substantial noise increase “as a 10 db (decibel) or greater increase in noise levels in the design year compared to the existing noise level.”
That report’s conclusions don’t seem to agree with Clark Circle residents, who have complained to officials that they can not hear their TVs inside their homes, even with windows closed, because of the noise generated by the nearby track.
The NCM says it hopes to solve the noise problem by Sept. 29, but the planning commission is still evaluating their letter.
We don’t think this one is close to the finish line yet.
Stay tuned for more details as we likely head around another curve in the coming weeks.
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