So, whats new in High Street????
- Did you know that for our building, according to the CCC that “the heritage listing/protection only applies to exterior fabric of the building. Interior fabric, including party walls are no longer protected as part of the heritage item as a result of the recent District Plan review process. As such the only elements of the Duncan’s Units that can be assessed in terms of effects upon Heritage value in this consent process are the front High Street facade, the rear Duncan’s lane facade, the roof and foundations.” Really you have to be kidding me. Based on this, I can cheerfully demolish my party walls, without consent, I assume… What brainless bureaucrat has come up with this nonsense? (this came out of the CCC report on the non notified Resource consent application for the redevelopment proposal for the Duncan’s Buildings.) So some wag somewhere has decided that party walls are not part of the Heritage fabric of a building, this is very convenient and I am sure will be news to other Christchurch building owners with party walls.
Based on this we can all have a field day pulling down our party walls? Now that they are not part of the Heritage fabric of a building….I note that the consulting Engineer also said that the walls are not repairable. You could have fooled me… bugger I had better go check my repaired walls ….Moving on before I lose the plot completely……
- The Peeble’s consortium is working on the propping of the Duncan’s Facade that they own. The propping is starting to take shape.
- The Billen’s Building is racing ahead. Apparently finish date is December! I believe he has tenants already lined up.
- The CCC has effectively closed off our end of the street, by turning it into a contractor parking area. I was not told off course! It is a “no rules apply” area I am afraid. Double parking, yellow lines, traffic islands- no problem! it is all legal in High Street. This is not going to help my new, arriving soon, upstairs tenants. I am trying to get the situation sorted. WIP I am afraid. By the way rumor has it that the CCC is going to open High Street to one way traffic in December. If this happens it will become very interesting to see how the Peebles group access their building.
- The Press is still talking about the “Dirty 30…. now apparently the “Dirty 15”. I Note that there are buildings missing from this list. Link here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/97458734/action-taken-on-over-half-of-central-christchurchs-dirty-30 I note also that we get a mention in the comments. I am heartened to know that someone out there is watching. Unfortunately the CCC has not managed to get the owners of 141 High Street to co-operate (BBS Australia Ltd) nor the owners of the Ace Video Building on the corner. – I did also think it was rather unfair of them to show a picture of the Shands/Trinity buildings in Manchester Street as an example of the “Dirty 30”. Both of these buildings have repairs well under way and in fact I was in Shands a few days ago for a meeting, it is looking amazing! They have done a great job in a year. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/87242781/Christchurchs-Shands-Emporium-moves-to-final-resting-place
- The derelict building at 135 High Street, next door to us, will be demolished on the 13th- 20th of October. It will help with the tidy up of our frontage! Progress at last! Apparently it will not take long.
Ah well, I better get my skates on, I am trying to tidy up our retail area for the real Estate agent, he wants some pretty pictures. The worst of it is that I have to move it all back for our upcoming stock clearance sale…..