Auburn reacts to planned sports complex; ACD Festival still in progress
AUBURN, Indiana (WANE) – A new sports complex may soon take over the Auburn auction park, which has raised concerns about the Auburn Cord Duesenberg festivals.
ACD festival officials say it will continue as planned this Labor Day weekend.
“We don’t have any canceled events that would normally be part of the ACD Festival,” said ACDF Executive Director Leslie Peel. “We are not canceled. We are at full speed and eagerly awaiting all of this.
Auburn Fall is listed on RM Sotheby’s website, scheduled September 2-5.
As for the future of the auction, the spokesperson could not comment for the moment.
WANE 15 contacted RM Sotheby’s, which manages the auction, and the Mayor’s office of Auburn. We are awaiting responses from both.
For decades, the Auburn Auburn Park has hosted thousands of car enthusiasts from across the country for classic car auctions over Labor Day weekend. Now the developers are looking to bring sports fans into the property with the new sports complex.
The news elicited mixed reactions from the city.
“If it is not used it will help and there are a lot of children. I like the idea, ”said a man from Auburn.
“It’s another interrupted era,” argued another.
An application for the proposed Auburn Sports Complex was filed in early July by Foresight Consulting, LLC. According to the documents, the company now owns the property off the CR 11-A off Interstate 69 south of Auburn, which was for sale in 2019.
Plans for the sports complex include the renovation of an existing building for basketball courts and the development of four outdoor soccer fields, one indoor soccer field and eight baseball fields.
An application has also been filed by the same developer to build a commercial subdivision that will be located north and south of County Road 11A, adjacent to I-69.
A public hearing on the planned project has not yet been announced. The next meeting of the Auburn Plan Commission will be on August 10 at 6 p.m.
The swap meet and ‘fan favorite’ car corral are moved to the Dekalb County Fairgrounds this year and the ACD festival will continue year after year with its own growth by hosting events and auctions of cars in Auburn during Labor Day weekend. There are already over 50 events planned for this weekend, so an auction isn’t the end of automotive culture in Auburn.
The 65th year of the festival will celebrate the Roaring Twenties, featuring women at the wheel, chosen by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club. And just announced that this year’s Grand Marshal is racing driver Indy Lynn Saint James.