Foodstuffs has no intention to give up on South Dunedin as yet.
Last April, the company’s plans to build a $3-3.5 million Raeward Fresh store and café in the area were approved with a condition restricting the product range. Foodstuffs announced it was likely going to secure another site, pointing to a lack of collaboration from local government, which was allegedly more interested in preserving the integrity of an industrial zone rather than seizing the opportunity to enhance the neighbourhood.
Over the past few days, Foodstuffs has approached the issue from a different angle, requesting the zoning to be changed to a trade-related zone. According to the company’s submission to the Dunedin City Council, the industrial zoning is not consistent with the activities that currently exist on the ground.
More to come.