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New racetrack and communications tower to be built in Cochise County

WILLCOX, Ariz. - A new racetrack is coming to Cochise County.

According to the county, the Cochise County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved plans to build a dirt racetrack on a 42 acre parcel of land on North Quiet Time Hill, east of Willcox. They voted on the plans during their January 8th meeting.

A new communications tower will also be built to improve communications for rural areas.

As for the racetrack, the county said Richard Wilson will be building the track. Wilson said he wants the “Wilson Raceway” to be accessible to all ages and he also wants it to be affordable. He said has plans to hold special events there such as tractor pulls and antique car races.

According to a press release from the county, the facility will be built in phases. It will include bleachers, a ticket booth, concessions, bathrooms, storage containers and lighting.

Wilson is looking to hold events at the facility on Saturday nights only with the possibility of Friday evenings occasionally.

The county said there will need to be improved access roads and parking lot to prevent dust. The facility must also be in compliance with the county’s lighting ordinance to protect the dark skies in the area.

The commission also approved an application from AT&T Mobility for a communications tower need Portal.

The tower will be located at milepost 408 on East Highway 80.

The tower is part of FirstNet Authority, funded by the federal government. It is meant to improve first responder and rural communications in the region.

Amanda Gomez

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