Go-kart partners seek Racer’s Edge

first_imgVALENCIA — The partners have two goals — an electric go-kart that will run for hours without a charge, and, more immediately, dual tracks where all ages can race the sporty little karts. Mark Borchetta and John Basso are seeking city approval of The Racer’s Edge, an indoor go-kart track and a research and development operation in the Valencia Industrial Center. The Santa Clarita Planning Commission will consider their plan Tuesday. “We want to bring a great form of family entertainment to the Santa Clarita Valley,” Borchetta, a race-car driver since he was 10, said Friday. Despite two letters of protest from businesses neighboring the partners’ Avenue Scott property, city planners are recommending that the commission approve the project with conditions that include controlling loitering and excessive noise, Assistant City Planner Mike Marshall said. Lisa Hardy, the city’s planning manager, said the business would fit well in the industrial park, primarily because it would be busy weekends when surrounding businesses are closed. Borchetta said the partners visited similar facilities, including one in Irvine, and found good, clean fun. “The karts are quiet, environmentally safe,” he said. “We went with a group, there was all ages from a 15-year-old to my mother. We had a blast. Santa Clarita’s a perfect community for it, they’re starving for this kind of entertainment.” If the city approves, the partners hope to open The Racer’s Edge by Nov. 1, Borchetta said. They plan two tracks — one for experienced racers and one where a marshal can control the speed limit for children as young as 7 or 8. The karts move as fast as 50 mph and are low to the ground. Riders must wear helmets and seat belts. Twelve people can ride on each track at the same time, and pay $20 for eight to 10 minutes, he said. At the same time, Borchetta and Basso hope to develop electric race cars that will run longer. Typically, they must be charged after 20 minutes, he said. Hardy said such indoor recreation facilities work well in industrial parks rather than in shopping centers where parking is at a premium on weekends. Similar businesses in Santa Clarita industrial parks include indoor batting cages, gyms and karate studios. — Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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