Hamilton continues to prove itself as a popular place for commercial investors and developers to expand. Over the last fortnight, several high-profile projects have been confirmed for the region, most noticeably the new Mainfreight transport hub planned for a green-field site adjacent to Ruffell Road (see J136135). The $30 million dollar development, to adopt wholly Mainfreight’s strict green site policy, will be positioned parallel to the existing rail and will incorporate both truck and train access within its proposed 9000 square meter freight terminal. Preliminary site planning is currently underway with the resource consent application expected to be submitted to the Council before the end of the year. The Le Grand Hotel on Victoria Street was recently purchased by VR Group, along with the Farmers building on the corner of Collingwood and Alexandra Streets, with plans to redevelop both sites. The Le Grand will structurally remain the same due to its historical status but will receive a well overdue facelift (J133021). The old Farmers building will be demolished and replaced with a new seven storey apartment and car parking building with a new four storey 80 room hotel situated behind it on Alexandra Street (see J143049). Plans continue for the redevelopment of Sonning car park (J141686), with a proposal now being considered by Hamilton City Council from Hopper Developments to build a couple of eight storey apartment buildings for “mid-life” residents. This will include medical and retail facilities on the ground floors of both buildings.

These are just the tip of the iceberg, please refer to Whats On Report Upper North Island for other large-scale projects in the pipeline for Waikato.

Reporter: Stephanie Moore


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