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Speed Raceway Coming to Village Mall

The former Walmart store will be transformed into an indoor go kart racing facility.

It’s taken nearly a year of , and an appeal, but investors behind a planned Speed Raceway got the green light from Horsham Township Council Monday night. 

The indoor kart racing facility will fill the 100,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Walmart at the nearly vacant Village Mall shopping center on Blair Mill Road. Travis Thompson, one of two investors involved in the $1 million project, said late Monday that the facility will tentatively open on July 4. 

Following the direction of Horsham Township attorney Mary Eberle, the governing body voted unanimously Monday to approve a settlement agreement with Speed Raceway applicants - including Thompson, president of Ivyland-based Suburban Marble and Granite, and Carl Asplundh of Willow Grove-based Asplundh Tree Experts. 

Eberle said the vote would settle the “outstanding zoning appeal” from Speed Raceway’s push to have the overturned.

As part of the agreement, Eberle said plaza owner, Carlyle Management Corp., would need to upgrade the center’s façade and add security measures, including additional lighting and video cameras and make it so teens could not hang out there. Eberle said Speed Raceway representatives “agreed to those terms.” 

Carlyle Management has recently submitted plans to Horsham Township outlining façade upgrades. which is expected to open this summer.

Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker said Speed Raceway had not yet submitted plans and was unable to do so until the township council agreed to accept a settlement agreement to allow the facility’s construction.

Thompson said previously that plans involve housing 40 electric-powered cars at roughly $9,000 a piece, inside the former big box store. Eight of those would race at a time, traveling about one inch off the ground at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, he said.

Suzy Q April 24, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I'm so glad this was approved. I think it's a great idea. I want bumper cars, too!!!
Fulgi April 24, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Yes it is! My boy is gonna love that!
Tom Sofield April 24, 2012 at 02:06 AM
This sounds awesome! Finally a reason to go to the Village Mall.
Paul Della Croce April 24, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Sign me up! I'm going to school some teenagers...
Siobhra DeWar April 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM
This is great. But we still NEED a place for the teenagers to hang out. I am 65 years old and still remember how hard it was when I was a teen to just "hang" with friends.
Craig Peters April 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM
This is great news
Wilma April 24, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Great!! Hope this helps revitalize the Village Mall.
pat polichetti April 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
*sarcasm* well I hope no one has TOO much fun or makes TOO much noise. Horsham doesn't like that. *sarcasm over* Well it's about time someone did SOMETHING to revitalize that mall. If it weren't for the Acme it would be the Shopping Center of the Dead! I hope it does come and I hope its a good place for the teens to hang out.
Kim April 24, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I dont think anyone would like TOO much noise. (no sarcasm here). I know that I personally have a four year old who goes to bed early and I would be none to happy about alot of noise around my house. Now, I dont live close enough to the Village Mall for noise from the shopping center to bother me. But if I did, I guess Id be one of those terrible taxpaying homeowners who wants my neighborhood to be quiet at night time. How selfish of me!
Gregory Humphries April 24, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Won't measures be taken to curb the noise? The walls of the building are thick concrete (probably) and I am sure some noise reduction measures inside the building will be utilized. Rest assured (pun intended) your child will have restful sleep.
Kim April 24, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Like I said in my original comment, I dont live close enough for it to be an issue. Guess we missed that part?
Dolores Forget April 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I think these are electric powered karts --- so if the noise comparison is anything like a gas powered leaf blower vs an electric, there shouldn't be a noise problem. I can't imagine gas carts could be used indoors.
Travis J. Thompson April 25, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Thank you all for the positive support. We are working hard to bring an entertainment facility to Horsham that you can all enjoy. The karts are electric and cannot be heard outside the building. We look forward to being a good neighbor to all the local residents. See you this summer at Speed Raceway!!!!!!
Kim April 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I was just commenting on the previous posters sarcastic comment about Horsham and too much noise. I think something finally filling the old WalMart spot is great.
Dawn Dell April 25, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I would like to know when the hiring starts, can't wait I think this is awesome this township needs something fun for the kids...
pat polichetti April 25, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I was addressing my comment about 'noise' because of (some) residents in Horsham being happy the Naval Air Station closed. They didn't like the noise. My point then was, if they didn't like airplane noise why the hell did they move near an AIR Station? My remarks about the speedway were sarcastic because of the 'town center' that Horsham expects to put on the base in another 100 years when we're all dead. And how they didn't want anything in there that would make noise. Wah.
Kim April 25, 2012 at 06:39 PM
That I completely agree with. If you dont like airplane noise, you certainly shouldnt move near an Air Station. I misunderstood what you were saying in the first comment. Sorry about that.
JG April 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM
I don't care what they put in there as long as it is an improvement to the landscape please. Karts seem harmless enough. Just make it look nice. (obviously I wouldn't want a brothel or something LOL) Horsham needs a major facelift at this end.
Bob May 03, 2012 at 04:20 PM
A year to approve this? How much had to be given under the table?
Bob May 03, 2012 at 04:23 PM
That's a great idea for Horsham to regulate, leaf blowers. Horsham could hire 5 blower noise inspectors.
CRidolfo@asplundh May 31, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Awesome! Can't wait for the fun to finally begin in Horsham. Village Mall was where I hung out as kid and now back as an adult.
Thunder joe July 13, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Horsham sux period . Just moved here nothing to do at all on free time nothing deleware county so much better
Thunder joe July 13, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Besides happy times there is nothing
Jennifer Marni Sher September 03, 2012 at 04:54 PM
are u open today as it is labor day
michael September 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Any information on pricing
Theresa Katalinas (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Michael, I believe it's $20 per race. The site may have more info: http://horsham.speedraceway.com/facility-overview

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