York’s popular attraction is set to close – with 137 high-tech apartments built in its place

A popular York attraction is set to close and make way for a modern 137 apartment development.

York MotorSports Village, which is still open and operating, would close to make way for the high-tech block to be built on its site at Monks Cross, near the Community Stadium.

The new apartments would be tenant-only – and would include a number of modern features including no deposits, pets allowed and a ‘virtual concierge’.

Popular: York Motorsports Village
Another model of the apartments

Developers are now launching a public consultation on proposals for what will be a seven-storey block built on Kathryn Avenue.

The plans are a joint venture between real estate company York Oakgate Group and Casa by Moda, which specializes in new-build apartments for rent.

They say the MotorSports Village has no choice but to close: “The site has been modernized several times since it was first occupied in 1997.

“However, changing requirements now require the kart fleet to be updated with electric vehicles, as opposed to the current petrol fleet.

“The cost made this unprofitable as the size of the fleet would have to be doubled alongside the fact that the site does not have space to accommodate an additional 18 karts.”

Custom app

Nine specialized apartments are included in the proposals to meet the needs of people living with disabilities.

The site would also include 27 parking spaces and 139 bicycle storage spaces.

According to the proposals, unlike traditional rental, “residents will not need to post a deposit and pets are more than welcome at no additional cost”.

Meanwhile, “all residents will have access to a bespoke app that will allow them to contact the virtual concierge and access on-demand services to log maintenance issues, in-home workouts or booking of a dog walker”.

A picture of what one of the apartments would look like

The developers continue, “From running clubs or book clubs to baking and board game groups, Casa’s teams and technology will allow residents to access and engage with the community around them.

And there will be rooftop terraces, a central garden, communal lounge and meeting spaces “to promote flexible workspaces and resident engagement”.

Casa by Moda is already involved in the development of apartments in Heworth. Its Acquisitions Director, 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 seek to transform this industrial wasteland into modern homes. for rent in York. .”

Oakgate Group Managing Director Richard France said: “These proposals offer a new concept in York of high quality and accessible rental accommodation in a highly sustainable location.

“Kathryn Avenue is adjacent to first class amenities including retail, gym, cinema, restaurants and other leisure facilities, as well as an excellent Park & ​​Ride service in the city center . This site is the perfect place for the Casa brand.

People can learn more about the proposals and have their say by visiting the consultation website here.

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