Province releases Plan B owner list

Ryan Ross
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This green line on this sketch shows the highway realignment plan in Churchill, known as Plan B. The blue line shows the current highway and the yellow line was the original plan to cut through Strathgartney Provincial Park.

The Transportation Department has released a list of 25 properties worth $3.86 million that the province has bought so far or will expropriate for the Trans-Canada Highway realignment known as Plan B.

Of those properties, there are 21 different landowners who were paid prices that ranged from a high of $620,000 for the former Encounter Creek property to a low of $500 for a 0.04 portion of a larger property.

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Leo Creamer, manager of provincial lands, said the province did either internal or independent appraisals for each of the properties to determine their purchase prices.

"They were all appraised," he said.

Negotiations have been underway for months between the province and landowners who owned property along the highway's construction path.

The list the province released Friday afternoon did not include every property that will be needed for the $16-million construction.

About $4 million more is going toward the land purchases but there are still more properties the government needs to buy and the list accounted for $3,861,600 of the total land purchases.

The list includes three properties the province expropriated and for which the landowners can still make a claim with the courts regarding compensation.

Creamer said one of those property owners has accepted payment for the land, but can still make claim for further compensation.

Work on the highway has been underway for weeks, although it was delayed after construction stopped several times when protesters blocked equipment, creating an unsafe workplace.

Although the province hasn't finalized deals on every property it needs, Creamer said there are agreements in place with all but two landowners.

Of those last two, there is a verbal agreement with one and the province is waiting to get paperwork back from the other's lawyer, Creamer said.

"That's one of the ones we don't really need until next year so we do have a bit of time on it."

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Organizations: Transportation Department, Trans-Canada Highway, A.H. Anderson and Company Mysmarthouse

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