Farmers store plan hovering
The planned Farmers store on Edinburgh St is not 100 percent definite until a recommendation is given to Franklin District Council from an independent commissioner.
Windermere Holdings and Farmers Trading Company have been planning the three-level building for several years and it may finally begin next month.
The development plan is currently being examined by an independent commissioner hired by FDC to advise on resource consent.
Windermere Holdings director Paul Smith spoke at Pukekohe Business Association’s Business After Five event last week about the development and when its scheduled to go ahead.
Mr Smith said while the planning has been going well, due to economic conditions they are being very careful and want to get started as soon as possible.
‘‘We are just about there but not quite.
‘‘If anything comes up to make it more expensive, it’s gone.
‘‘ We have been tippytoeing so nothing gets broken before we cross the line,’’ he said.
The commissioner’s report is nearly finished and Mr Smith is hoping the commissioner will have gone over it and advised the council within two to three weeks.
If the council approves the development then building will start in April.
A survey done by Enterprise Franklin Development Trust found that Pukekohe-wide shoppers want a Farmers store with car parks so the plan has included 432 car parks.