Big plans for Tu­rangi

Truck stop, mo­tel and petrol pumps in­cluded

Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - Dee Wil­son

We see Tu­rangi as a beau­ti­ful spot with lots of po­ten­tial, es­pe­cially around tourism with the Ton­gariro Cross­ing, walk­ing and bik­ing tracks, white­wa­ter raft­ing and the ski­fields close by.

Ryan Holmes Holmes Group spokesman

A new mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment in­cor­po­rat­ing ex­ist­ing mo­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion with a new truck stop, ser­vice sta­tion, restau­rant and drive-through off State High­way 1 is in the off­ing for Tu­rangi.

But the pro­posal is al­ready lead­ing to con­cern among some lo­cals and busi­ness­peo­ple wor­ried that it will draw traf­fic away from the town cen­tre and im­pact neg­a­tively on the river­side res­i­den­tial area.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is on a 2.9ha block of land on Te Ara­hori St where the Park­lands Mo­tor Lodge is sit­u­ated, off the main SH1 in­ter­sec­tion to the Tu­rangi town cen­tre. En­try to the ser­vice cen­tre would be by way of a slip lane off SH1, with traf­fic ex­it­ing from the site of the ex­ist­ing mo­tel exit on Te Ara­hori St about 40 me­tres from the high­way.

The project is de­pen­dent on the Ro­torua-based de­vel­oper gain­ing re­source con­sents. Park­lands Mo­tor Lodge owner Craig Morey, who has owned the mo­tel com­plex for the past 19 years, con­firmed this week that a sale con­tract had been drawn up with Holmes Group con­di­tional upon re­source con­sents be­ing ap­proved.

Fol­low­ing a meet­ing at the week­end, the Tu­rangi-Ton­gariro Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has set up a subcommittee to act on be­half of con­cerned par­ties.

The prospec­tive new own­ers in­tend to re­tain the 31-room mo­tor lodge and un­der­take fur­ther ex­pan­sion. That would in­clude a 24-hour eight pump ser­vice sta­tion and re­tail store with a quick ser­vice restau­rant and drive through.

The plan also makes pro­vi­sion for 63 car parks with three coach/ truck park­ing spa­ces, camper van and trailer park­ing and two load­ing zones.

Once oper­at­ing, the pro­posed new fa­cil­ity is fore­cast to cre­ate be­tween 55 to 60 new full­time jobs in the town.

Holmes Group spokesman Ryan Holmes told the Taupo &

Tu­rangi Week­ender that the site had a lot of great at­tributes.

“We see Tu­rangi as a beau­ti­ful spot with lots of po­ten­tial, es­pe­cially around tourism with the Ton­gariro Cross­ing, walk­ing and bik­ing tracks, white­wa­ter raft­ing and the ski­fields close by.”

He said the com­pany was work­ing with NZTA on op­tions for up­grad­ing the main in­ter­sec­tion at the SH1 turn-off to the pro­posed com­plex.

Plan­ning was in the early stages with con­sul­tants still work­ing through var­i­ous re­ports but the com­pany was keen to let lo­cals know what was en­vis­aged. A meet­ing was to be held last night in Tu­rangi at Park­lands Lodge with im­me­di­ate neigh­bours to out­line the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment and time-lines.

Mr Holmes said he was happy to set up meet­ings with other groups want­ing in­for­ma­tion. “Tu­rangi is a small town and we want to let peo­ple know who we are, what we have done and what we are propos­ing to do.”

He says peo­ple they have spo­ken to al­ready have been very pos­i­tive. “We be­lieve it’s got to be a good thing for the town­ship.”

The com­pany is plan­ning to lodge re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions in the next two months. All go­ing well it is hoped to make a start on the de­vel­op­ment in mid 2018.

The Holmes Group is a fam­i­lyrun com­pany that has been in­volved in com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments from Ti­ti­rangi to Queen­stown.

One of its most re­cent de­vel­op­ments is Mo­tion En­ter­tain­ment, a 6000sq m in­door en­ter­tain­ment mall on a 2.7ha re­tail de­vel­op­ment in Ro­torua.

An aerial view of the Park­lands Mo­tor Lodge that is at the cen­tre of a pro­posed new mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar ser­vice cen­tre de­vel­op­ment off State High­way 1 at Tu­rangi.

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