Locked out of undamaged factory for 902 days – (since Feb 2011)
Do we still own our building???? Well this question gets more complicated. CERA has stated that it is “unlikely” the crown would want to purchase our property. But, the count will go on until I have it categorically stated. And better still, in writing. AND the designation needs to be lifted.
Now 379 days since designated “South frame, Innovation Precinct” – only 4 more years to go before we get told if we are going to be compulsorily acquired by CCDU.
Well this is interesting. CERA has publicly “refuted that business owners kept out of loop.” That is funny, I can name dozens who feel the same as I do. I was talking to one owner yesterday who told me he has had 3 meetings since July 2012 and still has not had an offer for his building that is in a “to be acquired area”.
I have scanned in the article below from the Christchurch Mail. I find it amusing that they are so strident that we have had plenty of meetings, emails and phone contact. Incidentally the last phone call I had from CERA was from the Property Group (the ones that offer you silly prices for your land and buildings if you are in the Frame area) encouraging me to make a time to have a meeting with them if I did not like the “spatial plan” for the innovation precinct. Given that the plan I saw a number of weeks ago was so airy fairy as to be unbelievable, this aspect of the precinct is still to be assessed.
Apparently, we are now told, by the media no less, that “building owners could expect to have their status confirmed by mid September.” I am not going to hold my breath on this issue. This was news to my fellow building owner friends who were some what bemused by this bit of information.
Interestingly also the article finishes with the usual CERA threat. “Cera said if landowners were unwilling or unable to develop in line with the precinct’s framework, the Crown would commence a land acquisition process.”
Unfortunately the article does not really address the issues in the street. The inaction by the other landowners/CERA/CCDU/Heritage Trust /CCC.
On a more depressing note. I promised some photos of the buildings in the street. It is not pretty. This is our neighbour on the left hand side, he is uninsured and has not done any work since September 2010. CERA has “made safe”.
Ho Humm, Christchurch waits in discontent. Roll on the elections!