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Stretch of road could sell for $1

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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 about a 500-metre stretch of Springfield Road, between Dunits Drive and Chief Peguis Trail. Springfield used to run between Henderson Highway and Lagimodiere Boulevard but it was dead-ended when Chief Peguis Trail was extended, slicing through a portion of Springfield.

The civic report proposes closing the 500 metres, declaring it surplus and 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 report states Palliser intends to keep the land as a private roadway and use it for parking and access to a multi-family proposed housing project it's developing on adjacent land.

A sale price isn't include in the report.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 11, 2014 A19

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