12/18/2001 1:00AM

Del Mar proposes $62M makeover


As part of a redevelopment plan for the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the property owner has recommended that the racetrack be given a $62.9 million face-lift, according to a report in The San Diego Daily Transcript.

The owner, the 22nd Agricultural Association, released a report on Monday that recommended the entire 350-acre fairgrounds property receive $245 million in improvements. But the report, a wish list of sorts, identifies only $7 million in capital improvement funds that are available for the renovations.

The racing-related renovations would include new backstretch housing and horse stalls and the relocation of the training track. The report also recommends that a new hotel and conference center be built at the site.

The Agricultural Association will vote on the plan in February, and if any of the renovations are approved, then the California Race Track Leasing Commission would review the approvals for further action.