Certified Legendary Thread Roos lodge plans for massive Arden St upgrade

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lockheed

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From our 'bst friend' Nick:

"NORTH Melbourne has lodged detailed plans for a $10 million redevelopment of its Arden St headquarters that will transform its home ground into a match-ready venue ahead of the club's entry into the AFLW in 2019.

The Kangaroos' proposed redevelopment will include:

  • Two team change rooms
  • Umpires change rooms
  • Expanded warm-up areas
  • Coach's boxes
  • A media box
  • Medical facilities
  • Office space for the club's new AFLW and VFL staff.
Most of the new facilities will be housed in a two-storey extension that will be built on a vacant concrete slab adjacent to North's administration and training centre, while the coach's boxes and media box will be positioned in the existing building so they are near the wing.

A scoreboard and interchange benches will also be installed around the ground, along with improved lighting so the Roos' AFLW and VFL teams can train at night.

North recently lodged its redevelopment plans with the Melbourne City Council and is hoping the council will consider them at one of its scheduled December meetings.

North CEO Carl Dilena told AFL.com.au that if the club's plans were approved, works were expected to commence by April next year and to be completed by January 2019, in readiness for the Kangaroos' inaugural season in the AFLW.

Dilena was excited to be one step closer to watching North's AFLW team play at Arden St Oval and said the redevelopment would bind the club even more closely to its local community.

And with the population of that community set to explode as the Victorian Government moves to transform the traditionally industrial precincts of Macaulay and Arden into largely residential ones, Dilena says the club has a gilt-edged opportunity.

"The government is creating a massive residential suburb on our doorstep which is really exciting and is also a really big incentive for us to make sure we get the ground into a great position and we get the club positioned well too," Dilena said.

"We want to get our three-team model working within the club in an expanded facility, in an area where there's going to be massive growth over the next 10 years.

"We'll then look with the government and other planners at the broader precinct in terms of making sporting and recreational hubs for the area.

"The years ahead offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity and are really exciting"

North's redevelopment would be the first step in what it hopes will be a large-scale revamp that would transform its base into the biggest inner-city training complex in Melbourne.

AFL.com.au reported in May that the Kangaroos had submitted plans to the government in which its Arden St home's footprint would grow from 4.5ha to 11.2ha and would be upgraded to include:

  • An indoor centre with a large synthetic oval
  • A second indoor centre with four multi-use hard courts
  • An indoor aquatic centre with a 50m pool
  • An outdoor synthetic oval with lighting
  • A café and other shops
The Kangaroos' plan was submitted in response to the government's proposed $7 billion redevelopment of Arden."
The link is http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-11-22/roos-lodge-plans-for-massive-arden-st-upgrade.

Mods - I couldn't find an earlier thread; feel free to merge.
 

Pykie

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Excellent.

Who's funding this? Local Council contributing a decent chunk?

$10m is a decent amount, the footprint should be reasonably big.
 

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Great news this. This will surely lock in our future as Melbourne based club with its spiritual home locked into Arden St. North Melbourne.

On a side note. Not many clubs are left that are still based out of their respective suburban name sakes. Can only think of the Tuggers, Carltank and the dogs.
And to be churlish (why not) the dogs aren't named after their suburb any more, so even fewer still share a name.
 

Dirty_11

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Great news this. This will surely lock in our future as Melbourne based club with its spiritual home locked into Arden St. North Melbourne.

On a side note. Not many clubs are left that are still based out of their respective suburban name sakes. Can only think of the Tuggers, Carltank and the dogs.
Western isn't a suburb
 

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Great news this. This will surely lock in our future as Melbourne based club with its spiritual home locked into Arden St. North Melbourne.

On a side note. Not many clubs are left that are still based out of their respective suburban name sakes. Can only think of the Tuggers, Carltank and the dogs.
And the handbaggers (Geelong) ... yeah I know ... not traditionally considered a Melbourne team.
 

SMaturin

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No one, I say no one has the potential we have to expand our traditional base to coincide with a government driven local population and community explosion. All the other clubs have either already moved to periphery suburbs, have nowhere to expand, or have the surrounding areas already maxed out in terms of residential density.

We’ve been sitting on a gold mine since 1869.
 

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