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Palliser Furniture proposes buying stretch of Springfield Road

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A portion of a North Kildonan road that was shortened when the Chief Peguis Trail extension was opened could be sold to Palliser Furniture for a dollar.

A report to the civic property and development committee states Palliser approached the city to buy a 500-metre stretch of Springfield Road, between Dunits Drive and Chief Peguis Trail.

Springfield Road used to run between Henderson Highway and Lagimodiere Boulevard but it was dead-ended when the Chief Peguis Trail was extended, slicing through a portion of Springfield Road.

The civic report proposes closing the 500 metres, declaring it surplus and then selling the roadway to Palliser.

The issue will be considered by the committee at its meeting Tuesday.

Coun. Jeff Browaty, who chairs the committee, said the proposal is to sell the land to Palliser for $1, in exchange for the company building a 3.5-metre wide public pathway running the length of the roadway, linking Dunits to a public pathway along Chief Peguis Trail.

Browaty (North Kildonan) said selling the road to Palliser will save the city maintenance costs, which will now be carried by the company.

If the road remained open, Browaty said Palliser could have added several approaches off their land onto the roadway, which the city would have to maintain.

"This arguably saves taxpayers dollars in maintenance and adds the land to the tax roll," Browaty said.

The road separates the Palliser property to the south from the rear of 30 homes on the other side. There is no access to any private property from that stretch of the roadway.

The report states Palliser intends to keep the land as a private roadway and use it for parking and access to a multi-family housing proposal its developing on adjacent land.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM CST: Adds $1 figure.

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