City of Nanaimo maps of the pieces of property subject to a land swap with Vancouver Island University. (CITY of Nanaimo images)

City of Nanaimo and VIU encroaching on each other’s land, so they’ve arranged a trade

City of Nanaimo gets piece of 900 Fifth St., VIU gets part of Fifth Street itself

The City of Nanaimo and Vancouver Island University have been encroaching on each other’s property, so they’ve worked out a trade – one piece of land for another.

The parcels of land are at 900 Fifth Street, and part of Fifth Street itself.

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting Monday, set the trade in motion by passing first and second readings of a necessary road closure bylaw.

The trade will rectify “historical encroachment,” noted a staff report. Dale Lindsay, the city’s general manager of community development, said at Monday’s meeting that a portion of Serauxmen Stadium straddles the existing property line between 900 Fifth Street and 745 Third St., and a section of Fifth Street is being used by the university for parking and access to parking.

The city acquired 745 Third St. from the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district in 2017.

Lindsay said both pieces of land are appraised at $175,000, and the city and university will share costs on legal fees and surveying necessary to complete the land swap.

Nanaimo city council pointed out that the city is trading a smaller 34,000-square-foot piece of land for a larger 74,500-square-foot piece of land.

“The larger chunk that the city’s getting has a good section of that land that is riparian, [along] a creek, so the reality is yeah, we’re getting a larger section, but a good section of which has emcumbrances on it,” Lindsay said.

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