Centre to serve Arlington residents

NEW FOR RANGIORA: The $8 million complex will include a bar and restaurant and up to 12 shops.
NEW FOR RANGIORA: The $8 million complex will include a bar and restaurant and up to 12 shops.

LIZ McDONALD looks at a new shopping and hospitality complex planned for Rangiora.

Arlington Park is one of many subdivisions selling residential sections in North Canterbury.

The 200-section development is on the northwest side of Rangiora, between West Belt and the Rangiora Racecourse.

It is being developed by Suburban Estates, owned by Chris Wilson, whose other projects include Sovereign Palms subdivision in Kaiapoi and the smaller Sterling Park planned for Prebbleton.

The subdivision will also be home to a $8 million shopping centre, to be build next year on a rectangular site on the corner of Huntingdon Drive and Sandown Blvd.

The company behind this part of the project is Arlington Experience Ltd, which is owned by members of the Fowler and Taylor families of Rangiora and headed up by Alan Fowler and Geoff Taylor.

The families have been active in property development in the town for 30 years through Doncaster Developments.

Under the name Du Velle Properties they also own commercial property in Timaru - including the Timaru Herald premises previously owned by collapsed finance company South Canterbury Finance.

Taylor and Fowler say the Rangiora complex is much needed but is not intended to compete with the town's central shopping area in High St.

Their shopping centre will be C-shaped with almost 2500 square metres of floorspace plus parking for close to 100 cars. Construction is expected to start in January and be finished by the following Labour Weekend. The company has already signed a tenant to anchor the project. The business is Five Stags, a hunting lodge- themed bar and restaurant concept which has its original outlet in the town of Cambridge in the Waikato.

Alongside the bar and restaurant will be room for 10 to 12 retail tenants, and the developers are keen to hear from businesses interested in leasing space. They say they are in talks with some prospective tenants now, and negotiations are "progressing well".

The Arlington Park subdivision is being developed in multiple stages, and sections in stage 10 which are mostly between 700sqm and 800sqm are now for sale.

Other North Canterbury housing subdivisions building commercial areas include Pegasus near Woodend, The Brackens in Amberley, and Silverstream at Kaiapoi.

The Press