“When we were talking to B.J. a year ago, he was nice to us, he liked the idea and wanted to help us out,” Brooks said. “Now he’s stabbing us in the back. “They stole our idea.” Atkins agreed Wednesday he had made the offer, but the Brookses never sought his help. Regardless, the city’s attorney said the deed restrictions were not an issue in Santa Clarita’s review of the project, but one between Newhall Land and Racer’s Edge. Atkins said the three partners are confident they’ll convince the development company their plan for two racetracks and a research and development program for electric go-karts is a compatible land use in the industrial area. SANTA CLARITA – Over the objections of a competitor, a partnership proposing an indoor electric go-kart track in Valencia won the city Planning Commission’s approval. The owners of MB2 Raceway in Sylmar, who said their plan to open in the Valencia Industrial Center was rejected because of property deed restrictions, failed to convince the commission to turn down The Racer’s Edge proposal to open on Avenue Scott. But while the latter won commission approval in a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, it still must convince The Newhall Land and Farming Company that its business is in line with codes, covenants and restrictions – CC&Rs – that restrict retail business in the industrial park. Martine Brooks, who owns MB2 with husband Chris Brooks, said Wednesday that Newhall Land turned down their plan to open in the industrial park because it would violate the CC&Rs. Brooks said Racer’s Edge partner B.J. Atkins knew of their plan and had offered to help. Newhall Land’s Marlee Lauffer was noncommittal. “It’s not in conformity with the CC&Rs in the industrial park so we do have concerns about whether that’s an appropriate location,” Lauffer said. “We need to full understand what they’re proposing there.” In Racer’s Edge’s favor might be the research plan to be incorporated in the business. One project the partners are looking at is developing a longer lasting battery for the karts, which now need recharging after less than 20 minutes. Atkins wished his competitor well. “I would like to see them abundantly successful,” he said. “Otherwise, it would reflect poorly on the industry. This is not personal. This is business.” Another objection came from a nonadjacent landowner in the center, who worried about loitering and trash from the business. To limit problems after hours, the commission imposed the condition that a security guard remain on duty an hour after closing time, city planner Mike Marshall said. The partnership hopes to open Racer’s Edge in November. [email protected] (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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