Alexandra Park gets the nod
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.