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WINNIPEG — Palliser Furniture is one step closer to buying an unused strip of roadway in North Kildonan for its multi-housing development.

The property and development committee accepted an administrative report to sell the furniture manufacturer a 500-metre strip 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 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 civic report proposed closing the last 500 metres of the roadway west of the Trail, and declaring it surplus and then selling the land to Palliser.

Coun. Jeff Browaty, who chairs the committee, said in exchange for getting the roadway for essentially nothing, Palliser has agreed to build a 3.5-metre-wide paved, public path pathway running the length of the roadway, linking Dunits to a public pathway along Chief Peguis Trail.

The pathway would cost about $225,000 to construct, he said.

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

Browaty said the company plans to use the roadway as a gateway to its multi-family development site.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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