How NOT to rebuild Christchurch

Jeepers, oh what fun…  I am glad that I have existing user rights for my repaired building. It looks like the “big boys from Cashel Street” are all throwing their toys out of the cot… and attempting to mire real progress in this area down in legal challenges.

They appear to have forgotten a number of very simple points:

  • The “Innovation precinct” moniker was an “after thought” throw away line thought up by some so-called “clever planner” at the last-minute of the design stage by the CCDU planners.
  • This block was always expected to have retail in it. It is “Mixed use”.
  • It is a block with a significant Heritage Building in it.  If they had bothered to ask me I could have told them that it was unlikely to be coming down and that it always was going to be small retail /office tenants.
  • This is a PR disaster for the CCCL.  Have they not figured this out yet???
  • Most of us cannot afford to rent in Cashel mall and DO NOT WANT TO.

Interesting is it not.

Here is an editorial published on Monday.   Link Here:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/81413662/editorial-chch-developers-are-doing-the-right-thing-by-challenging-retail-project

humm no comment.

Followed up by this in the Press:http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/81494726/mckenzie-and-willis-developer-richard-peebles-questions-timing-of-legal-action

“Peebles said 181 High Ltd’s consent was for 2200 square metres of retail and seven boutique retail shops would be created, not 55”.   (I can not come to 55 shops no matter how many times I count it up).

Followed up by Radio NZ:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/307421/chch-developers-in-fight-over-resource-consent

  “ …  Antony Gough, the spokesman for developers taking court action, said investors in the Retail Precinct had lost tenants to Mr Peebles and other smaller owners on High Street. …”

Now we have incoming support for our new precinct: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/81543849/fellow-christchurch-developer-comes-into-bat-for-50-million-development

Good comment by Shaun Stockman regarding the nature of the development.  “The people that will rent in lower High St are not the people who will be in The Crossing,” Stockman said.

Followed up by Johnny Moore’s comment column.

“Johnny Moore: High St stoush is ‘closed-shop behaviour'”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/81600021/johnny-moore-high-st-stoush-is-closedshop-behaviour

Nice one Johnny, my sentiments exactly.  “Reinforcing stereotypes that Christchurch is an Old Boys Club where old families and old money control things, CCCL is made up of the Christchurch elite”.

I also resent my rates money being used to fight this legal stoush. 

Also, I might add, A director of CCCL is Warrick Issacs,  the ex director of the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU).  how can this be?

ho humm.   Another day in a very weird city.

Apologies for the caution shown in these last few posts.  I may end up in court as well as I am in the Innovation Precinct and I am in retail as well. lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “How NOT to rebuild Christchurch

  1. If any prospective tenants already had reservations about getting into bed with the devil(s) by taking leases in the Cashel St enclave, they will be 100 times more concerned now. “PR disaster” is an understatement

    As for the Press’ usual failure to grasp the issues (their editorial piece), we don’t expect any better from them, really, do we?

    Isaacs? His day will come

    • In the High St area, rents will be a wee bit lower than in the central city, the area has, or will have, a nice feel about it and its not a mall. Can not go wrong as far as I can see. Regarding the editorial piece, let me say that it was uninspired. But you must remember that these big players re big advertisers in the Press. They were probably under some pressure. And Mr Issacs….. I wonder what his ex boss has to say about his new directorship…… (bet that was a nasty surprise when he found out)

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