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Study calls for demolishing Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, rebuilding at a cost of $424M

A new Maryland Stadium Authority study calls for demolishing Pimlico Race Course and rebuilding it at a cost of $424 million, according to a summary of the study’s findings obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
The full study, which is set to be released Thursday, aims to design an ideal venue to host the Preakness Stakes and considers several year-round, nonracing uses for the site in Baltimore’s Park Heights area. It recommends adding amenities at the track, such as a grocery store, other shops, a hotel and townhouses.
It suggests “demolition and removal of all existing structures on the site, including the tracks, infield, grandstand, clubhouse, equestrian barns and associated infrastructure.”
The tracks would be rebuilt. The $424 million cost estimate does not include any of the future development initiatives beyond rebuilding the club house and tracks. It envisions additional projects that would be built by private developers.
A new dirt track would be 15/16ths of a mile, compared with the current distance of 1 mile, while the rebuilt turf course would keep the current length of 7/8ths of a mile, according to the plan.


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