A popular York attraction is set to close, and make way for a modern development of 137 flats.
York MotorSports Village, which is still open and operating, would shut to make way for the hi-tech block to be built on its site at Monks Cross close to the community stadium.
The new flats would be for renters only – and include a number of modern features, including no deposits, pets being welcome and a ‘virtual concierge’.
Developers are now launching a public consultation into the proposals for what will be an up to seven storey block built off Kathryn Avenue.
The plans are a joint enterprise by York property firm the Oakgate Group and Casa by Moda, which specialises in new build flats for rent.
They say the MotorSports Village has little choice but to close: “The site has been upgraded a number of times since it was first occupied in 1997.
“However, changing requirements now require the kart fleet to be updated with electric as opposed to the current petrol fleet.
“The cost has rendered this uneconomic as the fleet size would need to be doubled alongside the fact the site does not have space to accommodate a further 18 karts.”
Nine specialist apartments are included in the proposals to meet the needs of people living with disabilities.
The site would also include 27 car parking spaces and 139 cycle storage spaces.
According to the proposals, unlike traditional rental “residents won’t need to pay deposits and pets are more than welcome at no extra cost”.
Meanwhile, “all residents will have access to a bespoke app that enables them to contact the virtual concierge and access on demand services from logging maintenance issues, home workout classes or booking a dog walker”.
The developers go on: “From running clubs or book clubs to baking and board game groups, Casa’s teams and technology will enable residents to access and engage with the community around them.”
And there will be roof terraces, a central garden, communal lounge and meeting areas “to promote flexible working spaces and resident engagement”.
Casa by Moda is already involved in developing flats in Heworth. Its director of acquisitions Rob Gill said: “As a long-term operator of the homes we deliver, Casa by Moda is committed to working with the local community as we look to transform this brownfield site into much-needed modern homes for rent in York.”
Managing director of Oakgate Group Richard France said: “These proposals offer a new concept to York of high-quality and accessible build-to-rent accommodation in a highly sustainable location.
“Kathryn Avenue adjoins first class amenities including retail, gym, cinema, restaurants and other leisure facilities together with an excellent Park & Ride service into the city centre. This site is the perfect location for the Casa brand.”
People can learn more about the proposals and have their say by visiting the consultation website here.