Com­ing home to mo­tor­sport

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Mo­tor­sport lovers will be able to watch rac­ing ac­tion from their own bal­conies – at a price. High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park’s Pit­lane Apart­ments are up for sale with an ask­ing price of $545,000, plus GST. The 12 lux­ury apart­ments di­rectly in front of the pit lane were de­signed and de­vel­oped by Grant Aitken and Ian Begg who had the orig­i­nal vi­sion for a mo­tor­sport park in Cromwell. The apart­ments have large garag­ing on the ground level with the abil­ity to store up to three ve­hi­cles, plus a small workshop. There is a twobed­room apart­ment on the up­per level with panoramic views. Har­courts Real Es­tate agent Peter Ben­netts said he had al­ready been get­ting in­quiries from in­ter­ested buy­ers around the world. ‘‘It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for those peo­ple who want to be in­volved. You are sit­ting over­look­ing the pit lane it­self and that’s where all the ac­tion hap­pens. You also get a good view of part of the track from there as well.’’ The Pit­lane Apart­ments ti­tles were free­hold and the apart­ments could be rented out for ad­di­tional in­come. Peo­ple were also show­ing in­ter­est in the in­dus­trial sites, Mr Ben­netts said. ‘‘Of the 42 in­dus­trial sites, there is 26 that have been sold or have names on them. There is a good num­ber of lo­cals who are look­ing at us­ing them for ve­hi­cle stor­age with ac­com­mo­da­tion above and there is a cou­ple look­ing at run­ning small busi­nesses from them.’’ All build­ing de­signs had to be ap­proved by a board, and there were strict con­di­tions as­so­ci­ated with the build such as 15 per cent of the site had to be land­scaped and 80 per cent had to be cov­ered in na­tive plants. Ti­tles would be is­sued on Au­gust 14. High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park busi­ness man­ager Josie Spil­lane said they were de­lighted to see other par­ties re­alised the po­ten­tial that High­lands brought to the re­gion and were keen to lever­age from their in­vest­ment. ‘‘We are con­fi­dent that the High­lands In­dus­trial area will pro­vide a fur­ther eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the area and en­hance not only High­lands, but Cromwell as a desti­na­tion,’’ she said. ‘‘Grant and Ian had the orig­i­nal vi­sion for a mo­tor­sport park in Cromwell, and we are con­fi­dent that they are on to a win­ner here.’’

Of­fi­cial view: The High­lands Mo­tor­sport hi-tech con­trol tower.

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