The Tauranga City Council has voted to expand the High Performance Sports Centre by confirming the sale of the property on Miro St.

Yesterdat Bay Venues Limited was given approval to purchase the site for $618,750 in order to expand the centre in the future.

Opposition to the sale was met by Councillor John Robson, who said, although he backed the project of the expansion, the asset should be "properly valued" before the sale went ahead.

"I believe it has been undervalued," he said.


This was echoed by councillor Rick Curach, who said the property should be valued according to the market.

Councillor Gail McIntosh said confirming the sale was a "good move", and was worth it for the city.

"In reality it's too hard to put a value on something so hard to value."

The uses of the expanded High Performance Sports Centre included additional training areas, and possibly car-parking, support offices for high performance teams, or accommodation options for athletes.

A tenanted residential home and garage is currently on the property.

City Development project adviser Setareh Masoud-Ansari said if Bay Venues decided they wanted to sell the property, it would first be brought back to the council for consideration.

This was due to the property being subject to the Public Works Act 1981 and the Local Government Act 2002.

Bay Venues CEO Gary Dawson said the High Performance Centre would be "something that benefits everyone".

He said there was a number of sport organisations who wanted to use the High Performance Sports Centre.

He thought it would make a surplus with organisations paying to use the facilities.

Mr Dawson said the property would be kept "within the council family".

The Council voted 7-3, for the project.