Land deal for SH88 realignment nears completion

Negotiations over land needed for the realignment of State Highway 88 past the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin are "fairly close" to completion, Dunedin City Council property manager Robert Clark says.

There appears to be only one party still to sign, after Mr Clark said some negotiations had been resolved.

Some of the work for the realignment has already begun, with work on piles for a bridge over the Water of Leith starting earlier this month.

The Otago Daily Times reported in November last year the council was locked in talks with Scenic Circle Hotel chairman Earl Hagaman and one other unnamed party over land needed for the realignment.

The purchase of land and funding for the realignment both appeared on the non-public part of the council's agenda for its meeting on Monday this week, but Mayor Peter Chin would not release further information after the meeting.

In November, Mr Clark said he was in talks with two parties, and that the sale price remained a factor.

Yesterday, he said negotiations were continuing, and "some have been resolved".

"I guess I can really just say we're fairly close to completing negotiations.

""They are progressing well."

The realignment is expected to cost about $10 million, offset by a confirmed 65% subsidy from the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Mr Hagaman could not be contacted yesterday.


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