SH88 realignment – update

### ODT Online Wed, 21 Apr 2010
Stadium property issues near resolution
By Mark Price
One of the last outstanding property issues concerned with the Forsyth Barr Stadium is expected to be resolved within the next few days. The Dunedin City Council needs a piece of land owned by USC Investments Ltd, of Christchurch, to complete its 1.1km, $10 million realignment of State Highway 88, on the eastern side of the stadium. USC is owned by Earl and Keith Hagaman.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Economics, Geography, Project management, Stadiums, Urban design

35 responses to “SH88 realignment – update

  1. Russell Garbutt

    What a surprise that it is [a property investor, name deleted] that is the last to settle the land deal for this particular project.

    I simply note that the $15m budget set for the purchase of land for the new rugby stadium was finally done for $37.5m and much of the land was also owned by [a property investor, name deleted]. Everyone can search for his Dunedin connections.

    {Moderated. -Eds}

  2. Anonymous

    The scuttlebutt was that [a property investor, name deleted] was expecting a cheque end of February.
    Isn’t [another property investor, name deleted] also a DCHL Director?

    Why is there a wiggle in the road at Frederick St?

    {Moderated. -Eds}

    • Elizabeth

      (via New Zealand Companies Office – Director Search)

      MCLAUCHLAN Stuart James:


  3. Anonymous

    This hasn’t completed yet.
    Still waiting for the shoe to drop.
    Look up “property blight”.
    Mr McLauchlan is also Pro-Chancellor of the University of Otago, so manages to sit on all 3 sides of the fence.

    • Elizabeth

      Anonymous, you raise an interesting point or two.
      With respect to “property blight”…

      In the hearing for the Notice of Requirement – Harbour Arterial (DIS-2008-3), Commissioner John Matthews raised a concern that ‘property blight’ might occur in relation to the ‘period of designation’ if the realignment did not go ahead in a timely manner.

      In the Decision it is noted:

      Twenty year period of designation
      60. At the hearing, Ms Jennifer Bradshaw was concerned that the twenty-year period requested for the designation may result in the degradation of the affected area over time. We do acknowledge that in the past when designations have been left in place over long periods without being implemented, buildings in the affected areas have been neglected and land has fallen into disuse. However, we do not believe that this is a significant risk in this case. Forty per cent of the land required for the designation forms part of the railway corridor and is currently vacant, while the remainder is mainly occupied by car parking and by yards used for industrial storage.


      Lapsing of Designation
      70. This designation shall lapse after a period of twenty years from the date on which it is included in the District Plan. This period may be extended on application to the Council pursuant to section 184 of the Act.

      The NOR was heard jointly with Proposed Plan Change 8: Stadium.


      Unfortunately, I have fairly recent firsthand experience of this phenomenon with a property in the path of a SH1 realignment. Enough said.

  4. James

    Mr McLauchlan is also Pro-Chancellor of the University of Otago, so manages to sit on all 3 sides of the fence.

    You gently omit that he has no equity interest in these organisations. He is a director of all 3, but a shareholder of none of them.

  5. Anonymous

    Pecuniary interest is not limited to shareholding.

  6. James

    Certainly not. However, beyond directors fees, it is hard to see how he could have a pecuniary interest in the university or DHCL. He may also be a director of USC Investments in the same way that lawyers and accountants often are for their clients.

  7. Anonymous

    Para 60 fails to take into account potential uses of land after a designation has been made. Blight is not just degradation through disuse. Blight is also the removal of opportunity.

    • Elizabeth

      Opportunity. Isn’t this where we look at CST’s schematic plan for the ‘neighbourhood’ where property investors might build hotels near the ‘marina’ and so on. Haven’t time to hunt it out tonight but it’s somewhere in the Proposed Plan Change 8 documentation online.

  8. Richard

    As part of the negotiations by Council (as agent for Land Transport NZ) to acquire property needed for the realignment of SH88, Council is very mindful of “the blight” that could be left by any (shall I say) “bits and pieces” leftover and our Property Manager is actively addressing this as part of the process.

    And then …. into the mix will come ‘a booming flash’ with the release of the University’s New Master Plan on Monday 17 May.

    Now that should set some ‘juices’ flowing?

    • Elizabeth

      Oh, don’t tell me the “lego blocks” in the CST’s schematic plan for the stadium area were actually in fulfilment of the university’s plans to build more halls of residence (colleges). I should have said “commercial residential”, not hotels, in my previous post…

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Dave Gerrard, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Otago, hasn’t had fingers in the ‘master plan’ pie to see more development near the stadium, as would fit a lingering wish for more high performance training facilities.

      (Master Plan = Tertiary Precinct Development Plan or however named, given it takes in the ‘campus areas’ of both University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic)

  9. Anonymous

    Elizabeth, exactly that. Look at where “campus zone” designation goes at Anzac/Frederick. Who bought and sold that land just recently?

  10. anon

    I see TV3 is reporting SH88 goes to tender today at $24m, half from NZTA and half from DCC.

  11. Richard

    Wrong ‘Anon’
    NZTA $16.055m; DCC $8.42m.

  12. Anonymous

    The other Anon seems to know what I suspect – the DCC contribution will have a $5m to 7$m blowout.

  13. Anonymous

    Well, my little bird was correct about the curves…

    • Elizabeth

      Thanks All – keep us posted on developments, appreciated.
      As Richard has posted, this with the short description:

      Dunedin City Council Media Release
      SH88 Move Gets NZTA Nod – Work To Start Soon (30 Apr 2010)

      The New Zealand Transport Agency yesterday approved funding for the relocation of SH88 north of Frederick Street to create a strategic corridor around the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza.
      DCC Link Last reviewed: 30 Apr 2010 12:07pm

      Quick Reference Links:
      * SH88 Project Information (PDF, 28.9kb, new window)
      * SH88 Presentation Aerial Photo Plan (PDF, 2.6mkb, new window)
      * SH88 Presentation Plan – Anzac Ave (PDF, 626.6kb, new window)
      * SH88 Presentation Plan – Stadium (PDF, 518kb, new window)


      ### Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:15a.m.
      Dunedin highway realigned for $24.7m stadium
      (via RadioLIVE)
      Dunedin’s State Highway 88 is to be realigned in a $24.7 million project to provide a corridor for the city’s new stadium. The project will go up for tender today with the New Zealand Transport Agency agreeing to fund over half of the work. The City Council’s Tony Avery says [University of Otago’s] desire to put some of its facilities at the front of the stadium “increased the need to remove that road safety hazard”. Mr Avery says the project is expected to be completed, along with the Stadium, in time for next year’s Rugby World Cup.

  14. Russell Garbutt

    “Dunedin’s State Highway 88 is to be realigned in a $24.7 million project to provide a corridor for the city’s new stadium” is the quote from Radio Live.

    Richard’s figures are “NZTA $16.055m; DCC $8.42m” which add up to $24.475.

    Just a quarter of a million out, but which way?

    If this is indeed a corridor for the new stadium as reported, then will Richard still say that this is not a cost of the stadium?

  15. Phil

    To be fair, there was a hair brained scheme that came out of the Transportation Planning department about 10 years ago which proposed a similar route, but extending back along Fryatt Street right through to the Steamer Basin. It was an absolute nutjob design, involving trains having to reverse back into the railway station. But the northern end of the route looks very similar to this latest effort.

    The motives were different then, and it was shelved due to a lack of interest, and a sudden unexpected rush of sanity. I don’t think anyone is that stupid as not to make the obvious link between this realignment project, and the stadium construction.

    As an interesting footnote (TP is a never ending source of entertainment) I well recall a gem of a proposal tabled for the redevelopment of the High Street/Rattray Street/Broadway block, which turned the roading network into a 3-sided roundabout. With no traffic exit lanes. I was almost disappointed when it wasn’t selected.

    • Elizabeth

      Phil – the ‘harbour arterial’ is the whole (not including the train backup concept). The SH88 realignment for the stadium is just one section of it. The NOR for the ‘southern/middle’ extent was part of Harbourside Plan Change…includes the fiasco over 41 Wharf St. Also the Strathallan St bit presumes.

      Notice of Requirement – DIS-2007-9: Wharf Street realigned arterial roadway and over bridge off-ramp at 41 Wharf Street
      Status: Hearing concluded – under deliberation

      • Elizabeth

        ### ODT Online Sat, 1 May 2010
        Realigned SH88 cost rises $9.2m
        By David Loughrey
        The cost of the planned realignment of State Highway 88 past the Forsyth Barr Stadium, in Dunedin, has blown out by $9.2 million. The increase in both land and construction costs means work estimated at $15.5 million will now cost $24.7 million.

        Dunedin city councillor Andrew Noone yesterday said the change to the district plan that turned land at the area from an industrial to a stadium/campus zone had an effect on negotiations, and an impact on the value of land. Using the Public Works Act to require land owners to sell would have been the ideal situation.

        > Two-lane, 1200m long road with 1.5m shoulder for cyclists.
        > 16m three-span concrete bridge over Leith.
        > New traffic lights at Frederick St.
        > 44m diameter roundabout at Ravensbourne end.
        > 70kmh speed limit from Ravensbourne to Frederick St.
        > Cycle route incorporated to link with other strategic routes.

        Read more

  16. Anonymous

    The effect on land value due to the plan change was entirely predictable and broadly commented on at the time. The blight on some property values and the higher valuation of others due to uncertainties in the routing is an issue that the DCC needs to address in a far more detailed way than tidying up “bits and pieces”.

  17. James

    That’s a good size roundabout, and should mean good traffic flow. Comparing to NZ’s roundabout capital, Christchurch, that is slightly smaller than the Sockburn roundabout, but about the same size as the ones on the new SH1 out by the airport.

    Especially as, going by the schematic, that’s the internal diameter, not including the roadway. Actually, I rescind that. Either the article has it wrong, or the concept plan is thoroughly not to scale. The stadium plan has it drawn closer to 75m, not including the roadway, and the aerial plan has the it under 35m including the roadway. Hmmm

  18. Elizabeth

    @tinopai Saw that the SH88 realignment is starting to take shape. That’s a bloody big roundabout. looks like it’s going to be the biggest in Duds lol


    ### November 26, 2010 – 10:16pm
    New round-a-bout on Ravensbourne Road
    From tomorrow motorists on Ravensbourne Road will be using the round-a-bout built to aid traffic flow around Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza.

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Tue, 30 Nov 2010
      Roundabout opens as SH88 work progresses
      Dunedin City Council projects engineer Evan Matheson said the roundabout was part of the $24.7 million project to realign traffic from Anzac Ave to a new State Highway 88 between the railway line and Forsyth Barr Stadium (pictured). The roundabout had been opened to traffic to allow work to begin on lowering a section of Ravensbourne Rd.
      Read more

      • Elizabeth

        The justifications for the highway realignment seem far from convincing, as always.

        ### July 7, 2011 – 7:01pm
        State Highway 88 realignment officially opened
        The public won’t get to drive on it for at least another few days but nevertheless the State Highway 88 realignment was officially opened this morning. The new stretch was primarily necessary in order to divert traffic around Forsyth Barr Stadium, but benefits are also expected in Dunedin’s freight and cycling sectors.


        ### ODT Online Fri, 8 Jul 2011
        Realignment first stage of $65m infrastructure investment
        By Matthew Haggart
        One of Dunedin’s most significant investments in transport infrastructure was opened yesterday – the culmination of a multimillion-dollar collaboration between the Dunedin City Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency. Minister of Transport, Steven Joyce, cut the ribbon to officially open a 1.2km stretch of State Highway 88, a $13.1 million roading project to realign the route to Port Chalmers behind the almost completed Forsyth Barr Stadium.
        Read more

        State Highway 88 realignment (via ODT)
        • Project cost: $24.7 million (includes property and buildings).
        • Road construction costs: $13.1 million (includes $2.2 million for 58m-long bridge across Water of Leith).
        • Realigned SH88 section: 1.2km long connecting Frederick St and Parry St North.
        • Key link: For road freight to Port Chalmers, plus improved cycling and pedestrian access between central city and harbourside networks.

        • Elizabeth

          Hahaha, who even knew this was on or cared.

          ### ODT Online Mon, 11 Jul 2011
          1000 attend state highway open day
          By Ellie Constantine
          Before logging trucks, campervans and commuter cars take it over, State Highway 88 was dominated by different sets of wheels – trikes, bikes and strollers – at an open day yesterday. Organised by the Rotary Club of Dunedin East, the event was an opportunity for the public to view the newly constructed stretch of road, and get a different view of the nearly complete Forsyth Barr Stadium.
          Read more

        • Elizabeth

          ### ODT Online Tue, 12 Jul 2011
          Highway opened around stadium
          By Matthew Haggart
          Commuters making the trip between Port Chalmers and Dunedin yesterday along the recently completed State Highway 88 link had a new view of the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The 1.2km-long section of realigned highway behind the stadium, which includes a 60m-long new bridge across the Water of Leith, was opened to traffic yesterday.
          Read more

  19. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sat, 7 May 2011
    New bridge over Leith taking shape
    By Matthew Haggart
    Completion of a $2.2 million bridge over the Water of Leith for the future realignment of State Highway 88 behind Forsyth Barr Stadium has moved a step closer.

    Some “complications” had arisen for head contractor Hawkins Construction as a result of sub-contracted firm Steve Rout Contracting being placed into receivership this week, but alternative arrangements were now in place.

    Read more

  20. Anonymous

    Loving the fact that the “realignment” now has more curves than the original.

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Thu, 14 Jul 2011
      SH88 realignment repairs required
      By Matthew Haggart
      Repairs to the surface of the $13.1 million State Highway 88 realignment behind the Forsyth Barr Stadium have been needed since it opened to traffic on Monday.
      Read more

  21. Russell Garbutt

    I think this report is designed to be opaque. What is the total cost of the project of realigning SH88 and the total cost to the ratepayer? Whatever the cost to the ratepayer, this is a cost to the stadium project. Anyone that believes that this would have happened at this time without the stadium is living in noddy land.

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