Hall business still has nowhere to go but owner not worried

Dunedin city councillor Doug Hall says his business still has no new home to go to, just weeks before he quits his yard beside State Highway 88.

However, the contractor-turned-councillor is not worried, saying his company will continue wherever it ends up.

His hunt may be helped by last week's $4.5 million sale of his existing yard to Emerson's Brewery, which plans to develop a new brewery, restaurant and bar complex on the site.

Cr Hall had said last week his business was moving to a new home in Green Island, but yesterday he said he was still in the market for a site.

''I've gotta go and buy something else ... at the present time I'm looking, and that's all I'm doing.''

Cr Hall had bought land at Green Island years earlier, when he expected the council was going to buy his yard for the SH88 realignment beside Forsyth Barr Stadium.

He had planned to relocate his business to his new Green Island site but the deal with the council had fallen through, prompting the dispute that dragged on into this year.

Cr Hall's Green Island site had since been developed into the home of the council's Green Island recycling facility.

At the time, that solved the problem of a site providing no income, but it meant Cr Hall was now seeking a new site for his contracting business, he said.

Despite that, his business would survive the shift from beside SH88, Cr Hall said.

''I've still got seven weeks to go. I've got 500 acres of farm - how about that?''

If the right site turns up, I can go tomorrow morning.''

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