Auburn reacts to planned sports complex; ACD festival still on

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AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) — A new sports complex could soon be taking over the Auburn Auction Park, which has caused many to worry about the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festivals

Officials with the ACD Festival say it will continue as planned this coming Labor Day weekend.

“We don’t have any events being canceled that would normally be a part of the ACD Festival,” said ACDF Executive Director Leslie Peel. “We’re not canceled. We are full force ahead and really looking forward to all of that.

Auburn Fall is listed on the RM Sotheby’s website, set for Sept. 2-5.

As for the future of the auction, the spokesman could not comment at this time.

WANE 15 has reached out to RM Sotheby’s, which runs the auction, and the Auburn Mayor’s office. We are waiting for responses from both.

For decades, the Auburn Auction Park has hosted thousands of car enthusiasts from across the country for classic car auctions over the Labor Day weekend. Now developers are looking to bring sports enthusiasts to the property, with the new sports complex.

The news elicited mixed reactions from the town.

“If it’s not being utilized, it’s going to help and there’s a lot of kids. I like the idea,” said one Auburn man.

“It’s another era interrupted,” 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 C.R. 11-A off Interstate 69 south of Auburn, which was for sale back in 2019.

Plans for the sports complex call for 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.

(ForeSight Consulting)

An application was also filed by the same developer to build a commercial subdivision that will lie north of and south of County Road 11A, adjacent to I-69.

A public hearing on the purposed project has yet to be announced. The Auburn Plan Commission’s next meeting will be held on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m.

The ‘fan favorite’ swap meet & car corral is moved to the Dekalb County Fairgrounds this year and the ACD Festival will continue year after year with its own growth of keeping car events and auctions in Auburn over Labor Day weekend. There are already over 50 events scheduled for that weekend so one auction is not the end of car culture in Auburn.

The festival’s 65th year will celebrate the Roaring 20’s, featuring Women behind the Wheel, as chosen by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club. And just announced this year’s grand marshal is Indy car driver Lynn Saint James.

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