Irwindale Speedway to Become an Outlet Mall

| 16 April 2015 10:15 am

Irwindale Speedway

Courtesy of Judy Whitson/Trailblazer News and Paul Flanders
IRWINDALE, CA, MAR. 26, 2015

Another track bites the dust.

Irwindale Speedway reopened in 1999. Located near the 605 and 210 freeways, it had an oval track and a one-eighth-mile drag-racing strip, drift racing, and on-site stock-car driving school.

Irwindale Speedway – future site of… yet another shopping mall.

Irwindale Speedway – future site of… yet another shopping mall.

According to an article by Brittny Mejia in the Los Angeles Times, the City Council voted to approve plans to demolish the 6,000-seat Irwindale Speedway to make way for a 700,000-square-foot outlet mall. City officials said the creation of the regional outlet mall could mean thousands of jobs and pull in much-needed revenue for the city, with an estimated sales tax revenue of $2.6 million a year.

“This is really exciting for Irwindale,” said Mayor Mark Breceda. “It’s going to do wonders for the city.”

Although no one spoke in opposition at the meeting, Gus Romo, community development director for the city, remarked that some residents have voiced concern over losing Irwindale Speedway.

“There’s some sentimental value to people that have been used to having that speedway for the last 16 years,” Romo said. “The city has always had a racing element to it.”

The existing lease at Irwindale Speedway will proceed until the owner secures a certain number of tenant shops for the outlet, Romo said, which means it’s possible the lease could be renewed for the 2016 season.

A new outlet mall…

Paul Flanders, who contributed to this newsbrief, said he can’t wait to shop there.

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