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The Ministry of Health is negotiating with the owner of the last piece of land it needs for the new Dunedin Hospital.
A spokeswoman would not say how many properties it had bought in total until the last negotiation was settled, but it had so far spent $59million on land acquisition for the project, she said.
For the new hospital’s inpatient and outpatient buildings, everything south of the Aurora substation on the block bordered by Cumberland, Castle, Hanover and St Andrew Sts and north of the Allied Press buildings on the block bordered by lower Stuart, Cumberland, Castle and St Andrew Sts was proposed for demolition, subject to resource consent.
No timeframe could be given for that as yet.
Submissions on a resource consent application for the remainder of the Cadbury building close on August 7.
The plan was for all of the land required for the hospital to be cleared by February next year.
The Te Rangi Hiroa student accommodation building still remained in University of Otago ownership and there were no specific plans for it as part of the hospital project, she said.
In October 2019 the university announced the identity of the present Te Rangi Hiroa would be transferred to a new $90million 450-bed student hall at the corner of Albany and Forth Sts.