Locked out of Undamaged building: 698 days
Do we still own our building? 171 days ( 4 1/2 years to go)
Believe it or not, we made some progress last week. We now have a repaired concrete floor in the downstairs shop area. Hard to get excited about eh! The roofer is AWOL so we can not get the ceilings or wooden floors repaired until he has been. (The roof is still leaking.) And so we wait and wait and wait…. (This is a direct result of the Accredited contractor situation which is cumbersome and has slowed repairs.)
Interesting is it not the CERA closes the Red Zone from the 21 December 2012 – 7th January 2013. Productivity???? Whats that? Also Interesting that there has suddenly been discussion on the lack of productivity in the building industry. Mostly in regard to residential housing.
An overly conservative Engineering evaluation ???? I was in Okains Bay a few weeks ago and I notice that the old school hall has been red stickered. Weatherboard and corrugated iron roof, single storey. Hello???? Better pull down every house in Christchurch??? Link Here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/8151530/Peninsula-communities-lose-heart
I also had to laugh when I read in the Press about unhappy workers in crowded offices. Many people are having to commute across the city to the business parks near the airport to get to work. It is a slow and painful process getting across the city. The workers I have spoken too are very unhappy and many are looking for work closer to home. Link here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/8215686/Workers-sick-of-overcrowded-offices
The lack of progress in even opening up the CBD area is a city-wide joke now. The business people I have spoken too now just shrug their shoulders and say: “get out of there.” I wish I could. The standard reply I get is a take on the Tui Bill Boards.
Recovery? Yeah Right.
25.1.13 I have just had my first chuckle for the day! After all the hype, and many months of negotiation, it appears that the CCDU has purchased one property. As far as I can work out many are headed for court. One could speculate that the process is obviously flawed. Given the way they have been handling the negotiations this really is a no brainer! One of the problems here is that the smaller land owners do not have enough funds to take them to court. This is going to force many into a “fire sale situation.”
“Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee released figures yesterday showing negotiations were under way to buy 177 of the 847 sites needed for the green frame and anchor projects. As well, one site has been bought, two sales agreements completed, 16 sale and purchase documents signed by owners and agreement in principle reached with 19 parties.” Link here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/8220927/Central-city-acquisitions-progressing-Brownlee
A very interesting piece in the Christchurch Press about the benefits of lifting the earthquake-prone building threshold from 33% to 67%. A British risk management expert, Tony Taig, argues that it is of questionable benefit. His argument is that “no building that had been strengthened to the 33% level or better collapsed and killed anyone in the Canterbury earthquake on February 22, 2011”. Link here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/commercial-property/8213291/Little-benefit-in-lifted-quake-threshold-expert
I have been pondering the reasons for the decision by CERA to demolish most of the CBD Buildings rather than let them be repaired and strengthened. The conclusion I have come to is that there must have been a high level meeting between some Engineers, Cera, the government (and others?) a few days after the earthquakes. Someone has made a conscious policy decision to follow this path. The destruction of the infrastructure has been staggering. I would like to know who was at this meeting and what justification they had to follow this path. I think history will not treat them kindly.
Its a sunny day, its not shaking, so its got to be a good day.