Alexan­dra Park gets the nod

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

The Auck­land Trot­ting Club has been given the green light for a com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment at Alexan­dra Park.

The club have set­tled an En­vi­ron­ment Court ap­peal against the Auck­land City Coun­cil over a pri­vate plan change al­low­ing de­vel­op­ment on the site.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Graeme Run­ning says he’s ex­cited to be fi­nally get­ting to work.

“We’re start­ing to put to­gether some plans with a de­vel­oper,” he says.

“With the eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment the way it is, it’s not a great time to be do­ing a de­vel­op­ment, but we still want to get on with it.”

The club plans to re­place carparks with up to three com­mer­cial build­ings, and pro­vide al­ter­na­tive carpark­ing in­side the track.

The type of de­vel­op­ment has not been de­cided, but Mr Run­ning says it’s “ab­so­lutely not go­ing to be res­i­den­tial.”

“As a club we don’t want res­i­den­tial units on site when we’ve got trot­ting meet­ings run­ning ev­ery Fri­day night.”

The plan change was re­fused last year be­cause of con­cerns the de­vel­op­ment would add more traf­fic to the busy Green­lane West and Manukau Rd in­ter­sec­tion.

Mr Run­ning says those is­sues have now been re­solved.

It’s hoped work will be­gin late next year on an un­der­pass to new park­ing in­side the track.

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