Government enters negotiations to buy remaining land for new Christchurch stadium
The Government is getting serious about buying the last parcels of land on proposed stadium site in central Christchurch.
Land Information New Zealand (Linz) is in charge of securing land for the city's rebuild anchor projects and its Canterbury recovery group manager Jeremy Barr said there were six properties left to acquire, which made up about eight per cent of the footprint.
"The majority of the area is now owned by the Crown."
The site encompasses most of the land bordered by Hereford, Madras, Tuam, and Barbadoes streets, but does not include some corner sites such as the Transitional Cathedral.
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As of 2015, the Government had spent more than $40 million acquiring land at the stadium site.
Barr said Linz had notified all the property owners and was preparing to enter negotiations.
"Like all acquisitions, this can take some time and while we have no 'deadlines'. We want outcomes as quickly as possible."
One of the Madras St properties, owned by the Bain family, features a ruined building with barriers outside extending into the street.
A Linz spokeswoman said the organisation was working with the owner and Christchurch City Council to fix the "access issues".
Roland Logan, who co-owns the Ng Building in Madras St, said he had no intention of selling the property.
"I've just told them that they're in no position to because they haven't come out with a feasibility study and they haven't done detailed concept designs."
He said he would consider selling the land if the design showed he had to, but for now there was no certainty a stadium would even be built on the site.
Crown company Otakaro Limited is tasked with developing a business case for the stadium, but the project is on hold until the council decides the future of Lancaster Park.
The council has ordered the earthquake-damaged stadium be demolished, but has not yet decided on a future use for the site, which is required by statute to be used for sports or similar activities.
The blueprint plan for the city designates the Madras St site for the new stadium, but the council has not made a final ruling on its location.
According to Otakaro's website, it also needs to agree with the council on how the new stadium will be funded.
In its long-term plan, the council has proposed funding a stadium over three financial years from 2022 to 2025.