Work at the former United Video building on the corner of Vanguard and Gloucester Sts.

TAB scrapped for business premises

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Plans for a new TAB on Vanguard St have been scrapped, and the site is now set to open as a high-profile business site by the end of the year.

The former United Video site, located on the corner of Vanguard St and Gloucester St, was set to house nine pokie machines after the Nelson City Council gave consent earlier this year for the old building to be demolished and replaced with a TAB.

But the NZ Racing Board pulled the plug on the site last month, with a spokesperson telling the Nelson Weekly that after reviewing the site they made a business decision “not to proceed at this time.”

An artist’s impression of how the building will look after work is completed. Graphic courtesy of Arthouse.
An artist’s impression of how the building will look after work is completed. Graphic courtesy of Arthouse.

The decision has delighted community groups, who were worried about the impact the TAB would have on nearby Victory and Washington Valley neighbourhoods, as it would have brought the number of pokie machines at the Gloucester/Vanguard intersection to 27.

One of the owners, Helen Moore, says the high-profile corner site has been owned by her family company for the past six years, and they are now developing the site for retail or offices.

“We are taking every opportunity to improve the corner along the way,” she says. “The old entrance and exit of the video shop was an accident waiting to happen and we have worked with council planners to create a better traffic flow,” she says.

The 500sqm building has been designed by Arthouse Architects and will house two tenants with 13 onsite car parks. The ground level is being built up so it is not susceptible to flooding, and the footpath outside will be widened.

Construction is due to finish in October, and tenants are currently being sought.