Friday, June 14, 2013

Christchurch Blueprint Porn, East Frame

Fri 14.06.13. CERA media release: "The second and smallest of the four progressive cordon reductions in the central city over June has now been completed, giving more access to areas east of Manchester St.

[Not a word about the area being in CERA's Blueprint East Frame. CERA's media releases were Blueprint Porn, while NZ govt / CERA tried to land grab as much East Frame CBD land from owners as possible].

A cluster of dangerous buildings in the area between Bedford Row, Madras, Manchester and High Streets will stay behind the safety fence while concern about their stability remains.

[Post 22.02.11 quake, after 2 years of CERA's NZDF occupation & citizen bannings from Christchurch CBD, NZDF, red zone cordon fencing became an Orwellian "safety fence."

CERA then went into Kiwi blame shifting, like its boss, CERA minister Brownlee, who this week slagged off Council for tardy building consents, yet Brownlee's CERA had 2 years to prepare CERA & Council for consent processing. Brownlee's slagging off Council reinforced his & CERA's ineptitude].

Once the owners have dealt with these issues, placement of the safety fence will be able to be reassessed. Owners and their engineers can access the area as required to complete the necessary works, but any reduction of the safety fence will rely on their efforts..."

CERA was now blaming bldg owners for CERA's own occupation cordons. If the bldgs were so "dangerous," why wasn't CERA using its recovery powers to give owners a deadline, then demolish the "dangerous building" after the deadline passed? Bldg owners resisted CERA's cheapskate offers for owners' Blueprint East Frame properties, which CERA wanted to recycle into parkland grass, trees & housing (latest metamorphosis).

The 2010-2011 quakes shook the Blueprint East Frame to bits. There were 2 military states of emergencies, controlled by Civil Defence. CERA began its NZDF occupation of the CBD on 13.06.11, when one of the big quakes struck. CERA then demolished 100s of bldgs bound by cordons.

Over a year ago, before CCDU's Blueprint East Frame evolved, there were glimmerings of life, where even CERA had vouched for the reopening & rebuild of some pre quakes & post quakes bldgs: EPIC Innovation Centre, between St Asaph St & Tuam St; reopening of Alice in Videoland / CI Cafe, corner Tuam St / High St; reopening of Mainz, High St; reopening of Les Mills Gym, Cashel St; reopening of Calendar Girls, Hereford St; (2015. Calendar Girls moved to Victoria St opposite Christchurch Casino); rebuild of Westende House, corner Manchester St / Worcester St. (By June 2015, CERA planned to demolish brand new Westende House for Manchester St widening for Blueprint East Frame bus routes).
Blueprint
CERA's demolitions boss Isaacs, promoted to CCDU boss, death-kissed all Blueprint East Frame "recovery" & demolitions into parkland & housing, encouraged by CERA minister Brownlee.

Ratepayers' Share an Idea for a City in a Garden was Blueprinted by NZ govt into land grabbed, Frame land, which would be temporary parkland to improve core CBD land prices. Meanwhile NZ govt / CERA offered peanuts to Blueprint Frame landowners for their CBD land.

Since CERA's latest Blueprint East Frame announcement, it was now possible to drive most Blueprint East Frame roads, as most of the roads between Manchester St & Madras St were open, except ROAD CLOSED, cordoned Lichfield St & a bit of Bedford Row.

In reality there was nothing clean & green about the Blueprint East Frame, except for grass on the Orion demolition site, Manchester St. The rest of the Blueprint East Frame was dead bldgs, & vast, weedy, muddy, demotion sites from Oxford Tce to St Asaph St.

Image, quake damaged Latimer Sq:


14.06.13. Latimer Hotel rebuild, Latimer Sq, later renamed Rydges Hotel

I parked my car on Worcester St, near Latimer Hotel rebuild, later renamed Rydges Hotel, to see the latest CERA opening of the Blueprint East Frame:

*Asterisk pics indicated Blueprint East Frame sites.

Worcester St, Blueprint East Frame: The Christchurch Club & The Bicycle Thief & clinic were abandoned behind cordon fencing. Vast demolition sites, both sides of Worcester St, stretched northwards to Gloucester St & southwards to Hereford St.

Corners Worcester St / Manchester St: View of cordoned Cathedral Junction & part reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) & associated demolition sites along Manchester St to Gloucester St. View of cordoned backside of Christchurch Cathedral ruin. There were diagonally opposite corner demolition sites. Westende House, post quake rebuild, Blueprint East Frame, stood stark reminder of CCDU's Blueprint stupidity. Diagonally opposite corner, tarped & steel braced Trinity Church / Octagon Restaurant ruin, awaited restoration.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, demolition site, cnr Worcester St / Manchester St. Red zone, back of ruined Christchurch Cathedral beyond


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, demolition site, cnr Worcester St / Manchester St



14.06.13. Octagon Restaurant (old Trinity Church) awaiting restoration, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St

Southwards down Manchester St to Hereford St crossing: Demolition sites & dead bldgs in Blueprint East Frame, one side of Manchester St & Blueprint core CBD, west side of Manchester St.

Blueprint East Frame, corner Manchester St / Hereford St: Bradley Nuttal House demolition site.

Blueprint East Frame, along Hereford St: Demolition sites both side of Hereford St, including Liverpool St. Closed Oaks Homestay Apartments loured above the lot. Opposite reopened Calendar Girls, Torrens House was still fence cordoned with many more broken windows since I'd last wandered by, moons ago.


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame demolition site, cnr Manchester St / Hereford St. Abandoned bldg in core CBD right


*14.06.13. Hereford St / Liverpool St junction view of abandoned bldgs & demolition sites going across Cashel St & Lichfield St to Tuam St. Port Hills beyond

Images, quake damaged Hereford St:


14.06.13. Cardboard Cathedral left, cnr Hereford St / Madras St left. *East Frame, reopened Calendar Girls, Hereford St right


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Torrens House, awaiting demolition, Hereford St



*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, CTV demolition site & abandoned IR bldg, Cashel St left. Reopened Les Mills Gym right

Blueprint East Frame, Hereford St: Southwards beyond Torrens House & Calendar Girls was a vast demolition site, including Arrow House demolition site, ending in reopened Les Mills Gym & CTV demolition site. Beyond loured abandoned IR bldg, Cashel St.

Blueprint East Frame, corner Hereford St / Latimer Sq: Demolition site.

Corner Hereford St / Madras St: non East Frame, the Anglican Cardboard Cathedral was almost completed on St Johns demolition site, a glimmer of light in a vast dead zone, next to CCDU's Blueprint "stadium." Demolition sites & dead zone bldgs in CCDU's Blueprint stadium zone stretched southwards down Madras St to Tuam St.

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


14.06.13. Arrow House demolition site view of Anglican Cardboard Cathedral on St Johns demolition site, cnr Madras St / Hereford St


14.06.13. Latimer Sq view of Anglican Cardboard Cathedral on St Johns demolition site. cnr Hereford St / Madras St



In other words, CCDU had not only killed off Blueprint East Frame rebuilds with its parkland idea, CCDU also wanted to buy scores of quake survivor bldgs east of Madras St & the Blueprint East Frame for its 35 000 seater, roofed stadium. CERA didn't say who'd pay for the stadium. NZ taxpayers would pay for all the CBD land-grab properties of course, including Blueprint Frame properties & other CCDU Blueprint anchor sites, like expensive Convention Centre, Performing Arts precinct, Metro Sports Facility...

BUT CERA didn't say who'd pay for construction of the Blueprint anchor projects. Thus Brownlee bullied Council to sell Council assets for construction of NZ govt's Blueprint anchor projects. People fell for Brownlee's bullshit & slagged off mayor Parker, councillors & town clerk Marryatt. In 2012 there were several public protests parroting the incompetent Council routine.

The dictatorial CERA Act usurped many Council's powers & functions & Brownlee & ECAN stooge Dame Bazley did everything they could to embarrass Council, so that CERA could take over bldg consents with the dubious goal of speeding up rebuild consents. Fat hope, as CERA had proved to be extremely slow in land zoning, with zoning delays, zoning reviews & inability to sort out EQC & insurer delays.

Blueprint East Frame, corner Madras St / Cashel St: Abandoned IR bldg, S side. N side, CTV demolition site, where 115 people died in the CTV collapse, 22.02.11 quake. Tributes hung on the cordon fence, including a David Cohen poem.


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, CTV demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. Abandoned IR bldg left, reopened Les Mills Gym right 


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, CTV demolition site, cordon fence tributes to 115 people killed in the CTV collapse, Madras St. Reopened Les Mills Gym behind




14.06.13. CTV demolition site view of Anglican Cardboard Cathedral on St Johns demolition site, cnr Madras St / Hereford St

Diagonally opposite corner: Empty Chairs memorial on St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church demolition site.

Blueprint East Frame, opposite corner: IR bldg loured above the lot, fence cordon removed, with books quake strewn behind dusty windows in Book City below. By CTV cordon fence, Council workmen resealed pavement asphalt after CERA's evacuation. As nothing had happened by the IR bldg & CTV demolition site for over a year, why did CERA reseal pavements only after CERA removed cordon fencing? It was crap "recovery" & poor liaison with Council.

Images, quake damaged Cashel St:


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Cashel St view of CTV demolition site & Anglican Cardboard Cathedral on St Johns demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned IR bldg, Cashel St

 

*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Book City in IR bldg, Cashel St. Abandoned Oaks Homestay Apartments right


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Book City & quake strewn books, Cashel St





Blueprint East Frame, westwards along Cashel St, opposite reopened Les Mills Gym: Cordon fencing was removed by abandoned Divine Cafe. Broken glass was quake strewn on Divine Cafe floors. Next door, abandoned  Rapaki Properties, piles of drink cans were quake strewn on the floor.


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Divine Cafe with broken glass, Cashel St

 



*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Rapaki Properties, Cashel St



*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, quake strewn food, Rapaki Properties, Cashel St




Cashel St / Liverpool St junction: I saw northwards past demolition sites to Hereford St & southwards past ruined bldgs & demolition sites across Lichfied St to Tuam St, a vast Blueprint East Frame wasteland. I saw rows of concrete drill holes & chipped concrete, showing rusty iron reinforcement rods, on the Oaks Homestay Apartment wall. The Blueprint East Frame was dead, abandoned bldgs & weedy demolition sites. So much for CCDU's vaunted rebuild.


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Cashel St view of weedy demolition sites & abandoned bldgs across Lichfield St to Tuam St. McKenzie Willis restoration beyond. Port Hills behind


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Cashel St view of abandoned, brick bldg, awaiting demolition, Bedford Row



*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Cashel St view along Liverpool St to abandoned Torrens House, awaiting demolition, Hereford St


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Oaks Homestay Apartments, cnr Cashel St / Liverpool St



*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Development House, Cashel St


*14.05.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Insignis House, Cashel St

Blueprint East Frame, corners Cashel St / Manchester St: One corner, demolition sites all the way to cordoned Bedford Row. A workman stood on a ladder, fixing a traffic light. Opposite corner, abandoned Shooters.

Across Manchester St in the core CBD I saw abandoned bldgs like WINZ, High St, All Seasons Hotel, Cashel St & piles of demolition rubble on Holiday Inn & Hotel Grand Chancellor demolition sites. A long reach digger was parked on a Manchester St demolition site.


14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, cnr Cashel St / Manchester view of core CBD, abandoned bldgs & high reach digger on demolition site. Abandoned WINZ, High St, behind digger.

 

14.06.13. Workman fixing traffic lights, cnr Manchester St / Cashel St. Abandoned All Seasons Hotel & abandoned bldgs in core CBD behind


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Shooters, cnr Cashel St / Manchester St


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Oaks Homestay Apartments, cnr Cashel St / Liverpool St. See silhouette of demolished bldg on high rise side wall


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Cashel St demolition site view of quake trashed brick bldg, awaiting demolition, cnr Bedford Row / Manchester St. Stacked shipping containers right stop facade falling onto Manchester St

Blueprint East Frame, part cordoned Bedford Row: Demolition sites & ruined bldgs all the way to abandoned IR bldg, Madras St.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, quake trashed brick bldg, awaiting demolition, cnr Bedford Row / Manchester St. Shipping containers stop facade falling on Manchester St


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Manchester St view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs on Bedford Row. Abandoned IR mid left

Blueprint East Frame, corner Manchester St / Lichfield St: Cordoned Majestic House awaited demolition. Lichfield St was still fence cordon closed. Opposite on Manchester St / High St corner, in the core CBD, a Leighs construction site, for Stranges rebuild, one of the few construction sites in CERA's core CBD.


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, southern view of Manchester St to Tuam St crossing. Abandoned Majestic House, awaited demolition, cnr Manchester St / Lichfield St left


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Manchester St view of closed Lichfield St. Abandoned Majestic House left awaited demolition


14.06.13. Core CBD bldg left. *Blueprint East Frame, abandoned Majestic House awaited demolition right, Manchester St / High St / Lichfield St crossing

Blueprint East Frame, southwards down Manchester St to Tuam St: Cordoned Lichfield St, dead bldgs & demolition sites along Manchester St, High St & around Poplar St. A vast dead zone.

Off High St, Blueprint East Frame Poplar St: There was little left of Poplar St, pre quakes a lively restaurant, pub & boutique shopping area. I took pics on Poplar Mews demolition site, where Jake had pre quakes flatted. Behind a cordon fence were quake ruined, cordoned bldgs, like CF Cotter & Co, High St, others on Ash St going to Madras St demolition sites. CERA cordoned all the dead bldgs, surrounded by demolition sites.

Images, quake damaged Poplar St:


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Poplar St demolition sites view of abandoned bldgs: CF Cotter & Co, High St left, Majestic House awaited demolition right, Lichfield St


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Poplar St demolition sites view of reopened CI Cafe / Alice in Videoland (old PO) Tuam St left, abandoned CF Cotter & Co, High St right


*14.06.13. Blueprint Poplar St / Ash St junction view of East Frame abandoned bldgs. View of abandoned Lichfield St at end of Poplar St


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned gastro pub, cnr Poplar St / Ash St



One side of High St were quake survivors Mainz & CI Cafe / Alice in Videoland. Across Tuam St was McKenzie Willis, undergoing restoration. Next door was a fire razed ruin, burnt rubble strewn across cordoned High St. Across High St was quake survivor CPIT Fashion School.

Blueprint East Frame, Ash St ruins: I wandered past weedy, cordoned demolition sites, filled with broken brick walls, rubble, a decapitated roof, wood & iron salvage, to Madras St.

Images, quake damaged Ash St:


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Ash St abandoned bldgs



*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Ash St southern view of Tuam St demolition sites & nexus of East Frame & South Frame at Tuam St / High St crossing. Reopened CPIT Fashion School left, fire razed High St bldg middle, McKenzie Willis facade restoration right


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Ash St view of Taum St demolition sites & Blueprint South Frame, McKenzie Willis facade restoration


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Ash St demolition sites view of Blueprint South Frame, Tuam St / High St bldgs: Reopened CPIT Fashion School left, fire razed High St bldg middle, restoration of McKenzie Willis facade right


*14.06.13. Blueprint South Frame, Tuam St view of Blueprint East Frame salvage by Ash St & abandoned bldgs


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Madras St view of Ash St & abandoned bldgs


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Madras St view of quake rubble & abandoned bldgs nr Ash St

Madras St: Reopened NG Gallery did business, but CCDU wanted NG Gallery for its Blueprint stadium on Turners & Growers site. NG Gallery survived next to a part demolished ruin, corner Madras St / cordoned Lichfield St.

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


14.06.13. NG Gallery, Madras St, on CCDU's Blueprint stadium site


14.06.13. Quake ruined bldg next to NG Gallery, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Madras St view of closed Lichfield St & abandoned bldgs


I wandered westwards down part cordoned Bedford Row, past louring IR bldg & dead bdgs to see cordoned, brick ruins near Manchester St. It was shameful that after 2 years CERA still allowed those dangerous, unreinforced brick bldgs to stand undemolished. So many of those unreinforced brick bldgs had collapsed in the quakes, causing so much grief. The blue, brick bldg had upper storey chunks chomped from it by quakes, black plastic fluttered off its Manchester St facade, protected by 3 layers of shipping containers. Another unreinforced, brick bldg, upper storey walls stripped off by quakes, was supported by wooden bracing.


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, cnr Madras St / Bedford Row & abandoned bldgs


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, abandoned amgagency, Bedford Row


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Bedford Row view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs, closed Lichfield St


Last month CERA boss Sutton & CCDU boss Isaacs went on overseas business trips, already corrupted by office baubles at taxpayers' expense. Never mind CERA doing little about housing repairs & rebuilds. Meanwhile Sutton contemplated saving some red zone housing as monuments. Monuments to CERA's disaster.  

Northwards off Bedford Row I saw demolition sites & abandoned bldgs to Hereford St. Southwards I saw demolition sites & abandoned bldgs to Lichfield St & Tuam St. A vast dead zone. Those Blueprint East Frame wastelands would need years to become housing.


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Bedford Row southern view, past demolition sites & abandoned bldgs, past closed Lichfield St to open Tuam St. McKenzie Willis facade restoration middle, Tuam St


*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Bedford Row southern view, past demolition sites & closed Lichfield St abandoned bldg to Tuam St / High St. McKenzie Willis facade restoration & abandoned CF Cotter & Co middle, reopened CI Cafe / Alice in Videoland (old PO) right 



*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Bedford Row abandoned, brick bldgs behind abandoned Majestic House, awaiting demolition




*14.06.13. Blueprint East Frame, Bedford Row northern view across a demolition site to Cashel St, then along Liverpool St to Hereford St. Abandoned Oaks Homestay Apartments left, abandoned Torrens House awaiting demolition middle, reopened Les Mills Gym car park on demolition site right

Given that ABs did a good job beating Le Bleus currently touring NZ, it was shameful that CERA with all its recovery powers had dropped the ball regarding CBD recovery. Little had visibly happened regarding CCDU's Blueprint since it was trumpeted a year ago. There was Watermark fiddling with Avon River bank by Antigua Boatsheds - boardwalk, low concrete wall constructions & riverside paths revamped. Public feedback requested - a waste of money.


14.06.13. Anglican Cardboard Cathedral, built on concrete foundations & shipping container supports, cnr Madras St / Hereford St


In June, CERA made a hullabaloo about removing its strangling NZDF cordons in the CBD. That wasn't true, as there were many bldgs still fence cordoned in CCDU's "rebuild" zone. Some roads were useable, but still ghastly, full of potholes.

The Blueprint East Frame so far was a figment of CCDU's imagination, as nothing concrete had evolved in the  Blueprint East Frame, no rebuilds, no housing, no parklands. Like the rest of CCDU's Blueprint, just a year of propaganda about anchor projects, while demolitions & few rebuilds occurred in the CBD. Demolitions would continue for years in the Blueprint East Frame & Blueprint South Frame, zombie zones, before rebuilds occurred.

Thurs 27.06.13. PM Key announced who would pay for what regarding CCDU's Blueprint anchor projects, including the Crown paying for the Convention Centre & Blueprint Frame. Public Frame land would later be transferred to Council. Presumably good bits of Frame land would be kept by NZ govt for land speculation & crap bits doled out to Council. However one looked at the Blueprint Frame, it was a govt land grab, paid for by taxpayers & ratepayers. Costs for the rest of the Blueprint anchor projects would be shared by the Crown, Council & private sector. 

CERA's 27.06.13 media release - Brownlee: "We're talking today about an investment of $4.8 billion - $2.9 billion of it coming from the Crown [Taxpayers] and $1.9 billion committed by the Christchurch City Council..." (Ratepayers).

Roads & underground pipes infrastructure - Brownlee: "We now believe that will cost a combined $2.9 billion - $1.8 billion being the best estimate of the Crown's likely contribution and $1.1 billion being the Council's share..."

NZ Govt's disaster capitalism within the CBD cordon: NZ govt forced its Blueprint precincts on Council, wanting Council to sell its capital assets to pay for NZ govt's Blueprint anchor projects. Never mind NZ govt's land grab of residential red zone land. CERA didn't mention NZ govt's private asset, land grabs with many transfers of privately owned, CBD land to Crown land - Blueprint Frame land grab, Blueprint Stadium land grab, Blueprint Convention Centre land grab, Blueprint Metro Sports Facility land grab, Blueprint Justice & Emergency Services land grab, Blueprint Health Precinct land grab, Blueprint Ngai Tahu Cultural Centre land grab, all in the former CBD, the Hagley Oval land grab by NZ cricket, all overseen by NZ govt / CERA. Taxpayers paid for NZ govt land grabs in Christchurch CBD, while Council did nothing about it.

Even Cathedral Grammar School tried to land grab some of Council owned Chester St West for the school's exclusive ownership, using CERA emergency powers of course.

Brownlee continued: "New time lines & designs for projects will be announced progressively over coming months giving impetus to private sector developers as the public sector's vision of the CBD becomes clearer." (My emphasis). Key's & Brownlee's dictatorship over Christchurch CBD. So much for citizens' City in a Garden.

TVNZ One News 17.07.13. CCDU boss Isaacs announced that the CTV site was purchased by the Crown & was included in the Blueprint East Frame. It was where the CTV bldg collapsed & burned, killing 115 people in the 22.02.11 quake.

Content & pics Copyight Mark JS Esslemont.

See Second inner city area of rebuild zone cordon removed 14 June 2013 (CERA media release).


See Red zone homes may stay as memorials (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Anchor projects bill totals $4.8 billion (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Crown & Council agree recovery costs 27 June 2013 (CERA media release).

See Bitterness at CCDU valuations (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Westende House demolition terrible waste - Lianne Dalziel (The Press / Stuff Co).

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