05/30/2002 12:00AM

Magna files for Bay Area growth

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ALBANY, Calif. - Magna Entertainment has filed development applications for Golden Gate Fields with the cities of Berkeley and Albany.

The applications were to protect the company's rights for possible expansion under existing municipal legislation in the two cities.

The applications are consistent with Magna's plans at other tracks of attempting to make the track a "destination center" with hotels, restaurants and shops.

The application to Berkeley would allow for a hotel of fewer than 300 rooms and 10,000 square feet of light retail development.

The application to Albany would include construction designed for commercial and recreational activities, including a multipurpose arena that could be a community-oriented venue used for concerts, horse shows, and events such as graduation ceremonies.

Plans for an equine hospital have been approved by the city of Albany.

Peter Tunney, vice president of Golden Gate Fields said the equine hospital was on pace to be constructed before the track's meeting begins in November.