Hardware retail giant Bunnings Warehouse is continuing to plan for its Wagga relocation despite the Sturt Highway land set aside for the project being caught up in a legal dispute over a deceased's estate.
In January last year, the national chain lodged a development application for a new $47 million store on Wagga's Pearson Street at the Sturt and Olympic highways roundabout.
The proposed site, about 500 metres north of Wagga's current Bunnings store, is owned by Maria Limberger, who died in January 2018 aged 90
The property is currently occupied by her family's Rivcrete concrete business.
Maria's three adult children, Joseph Limberger, Catherine Oakman and Steven Limberger, have been involved in legal action over the past two years over various claims to her estate.
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Last week the NSW Supreme Court handed down an interim determination that valued the Pearson Street property at $8 million and cleared the way for a sale in order to settle the inheritance claims.
"As the deceased owned the property upon which Rivcrete operates its business, Steven [Limberger] is in the process of winding down the business so that the property can be sold," Justice Philip Hallen stated in his determination.
Bunnings Warehouse is not involved in the Supreme Court case.
Justice Hallen stated that the Pearson Street property would be sold along with some of Maria Limberger's other Wagga properties and the money distributed according to her will, subject to further legal proceedings.
Bunnings property and store development director Andrew Marks said the company's"development application for a new store located at the corner of Pearson Street and Sturt Highway is still undergoing assessment by Council".
"We will continue to work with relevant authorities throughout this process and will keep the community updated in due course," Mr Marks stated.
Steven Limberger could not be contacted for comment through the Rivcrete business as its phone has been disconnected.
Bunnings' plan for its relocated store cover 18,000 square metres with parking for over 400 cars and a bulk pick-up area for trucks.
The company has previously said the new store would add 40 permanent jobs on top of the workforce already at the Dobney Avenue store and support 300 jobs during construction.
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