Why is the Sale of Former Miller Motorsports Park Being Called Fraud?

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TOOELE (ABC4 Utah News) – The Tooele County Commission unanimously voted 3-0 to sell the racetrack formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park to the Tooele Redevelopment Authority for $20 million Wednesday night. That Redevelopment Authority consists of the same three members of the County Commission, Wade Bitner, Myron Bateman and Shawn Milne.

The sale of the track has had more twists and turns than the road course at the facility Larry H. Miller built. Chinese Company MiTime Enterprises and Wyoming based real estate developer Center Point Management have been battling to buy the racetrack since the Miller family gave it to Tooele County in 2015.

Last year the Commission sold the track to MiTime for $20 million even though Center Point CEO Andrew Cartwright had a higher offer of $28 million. He sued and in December of last year, a judge ruled in Center Point’s favor, overturning the sale to MiTime. Cartwright says he’s still offering the $28 million. He calls the Redevelopment Authority a “straw buyer” and Wednesday’s sale a “dirty deal”.

“This is outrageous. This is absolutely outrageous, Cartwright told ABC4 Utah News Wednesday. “They’re going to take and sell it over to their straw buyer so they can sell it to the Chinese…I’ve never seen such an artful way and a public display of fraud in my life.”

Wednesday night during the public comment portion of the meeting, Cartwright confronted the Commissioners face to face.

“The state law says that you have to do fair market value,” Cartwright told them. “You can’t ignore my bid. I will spend the next 10 years going back and forth. OK I have my lawsuit drafted right here. You’ll see it tomorrow. You’re selling the property and you rejected my offer. You just sold it to the RDA 30 minutes ago.”

He was eventually escorted away from the podium by Tooele County Sheriff Paul Wimmer. Commission Chairman Wade Bitner says the Redevelopment Authority will now accept new proposals for the track.

“When you get a proposal that’s for the betterment and the good of the of the County,” Chairman Bitner told reporters. “That’s what we’re looking for.”

Cartwright plans to file a new lawsuit and a request for a temporary restraining order in 3rd District Court Thursday.

“My counsel said they’re doing such a great job of breaking the law, let’s let them keep breaking the law until they put themselves in a noose,” Cartwright said. “Well today’s the day, they basically put themselves in a noose.”

The Tooele Redevelopment Authority will hold a meeting Wednesday, August 31st at 7 pm.
 

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