Innovation Precinct…. and so we wait… only 1375 days to go….

Locked out of undamaged factory for 977days – (since Feb 2011)

Do we still own our building????    Now 450 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.

And so we wait……

I see in the Press this morning an article by Liz McDonald, talking about “Business as usual for three sites”…

I suppose I should be pleased that 3 building owners in the Innovation Precinct have been notified (and I hope they got it in writing) that:

“The Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) has lifted the blueprint designation on three sites previously earmarked for the Innovation Precinct.

“The owners can carry on happily with what they’re doing. The buildings fit comfortably within the special plan,” said CCDU head Warwick Isaacs.”

link here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/9325088/Alice-in-Videoland-fits-blueprint

The rest of us are fed up with waiting for them to make a decision.  How long do they have the right to keep our lives on hold?  The answer is another 1375 days,  ( It was a 5 year designation on our property.) That is 1375 days more that we can’t plan, can’t work, can’t advance or relax and move on.

Where is the justice in that???? Christchurch at its best???  I think not.

I am pleased for Alice’s and C1. And I suspect that there was no way that CCDU was going to try to acquire the office complex housing the Law Firm Buddle Findlay, ( For obvious reasons!) Or the Polytechnic campus.

 Dean Kozanic BUSINESS AS USUAL: The building housing C1 cafe and Alice in Videoland will not be bought by the Government.


Dean Kozanic
BUSINESS AS USUAL: The building housing C1 cafe and Alice in Videoland will not be bought by the Government.

But for heaven’s sake, tell the rest of us what is going on…

All I can say is that it is “unlikely that they will take us””…. it is also unlikely to rain tomorrow.

Incidentally: “Isaacs said that while the designations were gone, city planning rules would ensure the properties’ future use fitted the plan for the area.”

Now that is odd, I was clearly told at my “update” meeting, that “they would not dictate what type of tenants we could put into our building.”  Are they going to supply us with reliable, paying tenants of a suitable calibre? Does that mean we have to conform and to what???   No one yet has managed to explain to me what the Innovation zone actually is and what they mean when they talk about “innovation”.  Is a massage parlour acceptable?  High class of course!  Calender Girls maybe??

Another day in the life of a besieged building owner.

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