What is New in High Street?
- I see that Barry Watson has finally decided to put his frontage on the market for sale. Personally I have serious reservations about the efficacy of “facadism”. My experience is that the cost of repairing such facades is out of proportion to the return that one will get. ie to get that facade tied back to a new building will cost approximately $1m? Is it worth it? I also wonder what the cost to the surrounding area has been off leaving this building frontage derelict for 7 years. A subject that the now EX building minister Nick Smith ignored when I tried to bring it up. Link here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/98252721/christchurch-heritage-facade-for-sale–without-the-building
- The building next door at 135 High Street is down. There is a wee bit of party-wall to be fixed. From our point of view it looks 100% better.
- I threw my toys out of the cot, again… and now finally the CCC has started to sort out the parking issues in our cul-de-sac. I now have to ring them again as the rubbish bins are not being emptied and the street is awash with trash. What is it with these guys?
I have been watching the St Asaph Street roading debacle with interest. Generation Zero is insisting that the city become cycle only, while the business/building owners want vehicle access for their customers. The naivety of the Generation Zero group is surprising, we have an aging population and they appear to have no business sense what so ever, while the Business Owners are fighting for the survival of their businesses (they also have lost the plot, as much of the street was being used as long-term parking by their staff). Reinstating what we had in the past is not satisfactory. Any one ever heard the word compromise?
Link Here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/98200418/authorities-believe-christchurchs-controversial-central-city-transport-plan-is-still-right-for-the-city I will admit that I laughed when they suggested that this plan is going to come to fruition in 10 years time. Whoops.. shame about the fact that it is not working now! Bit tough on the businesses that are there now…
- Moving on…. Demolition off the backs of the Duncan’s Buildings begins on Monday. We are not looking forward to the dust. I will get some photos of it tomorrow. It could get interesting structurally…
- We are having a closing down sale next weekend as we are not willing to wait for things to get better. We have heaps of stock to clear. We look forward to seeing our clients again after 7 years..
have a safe evening!