The completion of the 1.2ha recreation reserve at Northlake - the largest of its type in Wānaka - is only weeks away from being completed, according to developers Winton.
“The Cook Brothers team is straight back into it and working hard to get the reserve completed as soon as possible before winter,” read a Northlake Facebook post. “It is looking so good and we can’t wait for the community to make use of it when restrictions are lifted.”
The reserve will include a multi-purpose sports court, basketball half-court, outdoor fitness zone and a pergola with a BBQ, seating and tables.
“Intensive planting complements this expansive area with established shade trees and native species throughout,” said Sonya Fynmore, media relations representative for Winton.
Looking at the wider development of Northlake beyond the reserve, Fynmore said Winton’s priorities were on building 300 sections and nearly 50 houses.
Fynmore also confirmed that the controversial development of a new hotel at Northlake Hotel had not yet been tendered, nor a contractor appointed.
Wānaka Community Supporting our Northlake Neighbours Inc (WCSNNI) filed an appeal against the resource consent decision last July. The decision to approve the hotel - which went ahead despite widespread opposition from residents and Queenstown Lakes District Council - was met with outrage amongst the Wānaka community. However, WCSNNI later withdrew their Environment Court appeal when the Ministry for the Environment turned down a request for funding for legal assistance in October.
“The project will go out to tender when market conditions demonstrate it is sensible to do so,” said Fynmore.“Once construction begins, we anticipate an 18-24 month build timeframe.”
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