A building moratorium and a petition to stop a large development has lead to the re-opening of what some may consider a landmark in the southern part of our county, the 75-80 Dragway, which has sat in disrepair for several years now. Those of us who live in the area can recall the sound of the roaring engines on weekend nights and the traffic (made up of pretty cool looking cars) trying to turn into the dragstrip certain evenings. Truthfully though, I’d rather have the occasional traffic to the dragway than what 1,600 homes would have added. From the Gazette:
The 75-80 Dragway, a piece of Monrovia’s culture for 45 years, is set to reopen in April, according to a Web site run by its new operators.
The dragway closed in 2005, and has sat in limbo since, as weeds overtook the parking lot.
The owner, Bill Wilcom, at the time planned to build up to 1,608 homes on the 400-acre farm, but a building moratorium imposed shortly after froze his plans.
The land sat unused for years, and a group of residents recently gathered 130 signatures on a petition against the so-called Monrovia Town Center.
Jeannie Pellicier, one of this group’s leaders, said many of the signatories opposed the development because of traffic, but that nearly as many simply wanted the dragway to reopen.
According to their website, they are set to re-open on April 3rd at 4PM.