Adrenaline park opts out of Apex

aramos@newsobserver.comAugust 4, 2013 

— A huge adrenaline park isn’t coming to Apex after all.

Carolina Sports Holdings decided it would be too time-consuming and too expensive to transform the old Henry Wurst printing plant into a 145,000-square-foot indoor park, said spokesman Myles Owens III.

“That building is not to code,” Owens said. “There were technical issues that we couldn’t overcome in a timely manner, in a cost-effective manner. We had to go to Plan B.”

So Maxx Thrill The Adrenaline Factory could be headed to Research Triangle Park instead. Carolina Sports Holdings, which is developing the project, is in talks to buy a site in Durham, Owens said.

The announcement came almost two months after the Apex Town Council approved major site plans and special-use permits for the 16-acre indoor and outdoor extreme-sports park at 810 Lufkin Road. The project was set to include a trampoline gym, a go-kart track, indoor surfing and more.

“It’s a shame because we loved that location,” Owens said, but he declined to disclose specific issues with the property.

Apex Town Manager Bruce Radford, who also serves as the town’s economic development director, said the loss of the project was disappointing.

“We will have to talk with those folks to figure out what the issue is,” he said.

This is the second entertainment complex in recent months that has failed to become reality in Apex.

Earlier this year, developer Rod Graff and former Apex Town Councilman Carl Helton wanted to build a family-fun park on a 23-acre site at U.S. 64 and Goodwin Road. The park would have included go-karts, an arcade, bowling, zip lines, miniature golf and athletic fields.

Some residents who live near the site said they worried about safety hazards, traffic and the strain on the area’s well-water system.

The council voted not to rezone the property for the park.

As for Carolina Sports Holdings’ project, a new site will likely mean a slightly scaled-back project, Owens said.

But even with the changes, Owens said the park would still be the largest of its kind in the United States.

Ramos: 919-460-2609

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