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 E Frame. CERA's media releases were Blueprint Porn, while NZ National govt / CERA tried to land grab as much E 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 a "safety fence."
CERA then went into Kiwi blame shifting, like its boss, CERA minister Brownlee, who this week had slagged off Council for tardy building consents, yet Brownlee's CERA had had 2 years to prepare CERA & Council for consent processing].
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 E Frame properties, which CERA wanted to recycle into parkland grass, trees & housing (latest metamorphosis).
The 2010-2011 quakes shook the Blueprint E 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 CBD cordons.
Over a year ago, before CCDU's Blueprint E 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, cnr 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 opp Christchurch Casino); rebuild of Westende House, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St. (By June 2015, CERA planned to demolish brand new Westende House for Manchester St widening for Blueprint E Frame bus routes).
Blueprint CERA's demolitions boss Isaacs, promoted to CCDU boss, death-kissed all Blueprint E Frame "recovery" & demolitions into parkland & dubious housing, encouraged by CERA minister Brownlee.
Ratepayers' Share an Idea for a City in a Garden was Blueprinted by NZ National govt into land grabbed, Frame land, which would be parkland to improve core CBD land prices. Meanwhile NZ National govt / CERA offered peanuts to Blueprint Frame landowners for their CBD land.
Since CERA's latest Blueprint E Frame announcement, it was now possible to drive most Blueprint E 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 E Frame, except for grass on the Orion demolition site, Manchester St. The rest of the Blueprint E Frame was dead bldgs, & vast, weedy, muddy, demotion sites from Oxford Tce to St Asaph St.
1 image, Latimer Sq:
14.06.13. Latimer Hotel rebuild, Latimer Sq, 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 E Frame:
*Asterisk pics indicated Blueprint E Frame sites.
Worcester St, Blueprint E Frame: The Christchurch Club & The Bicycle Thief & clinic (later demolished) were abandoned behind cordon fencing. Vast demolition sites, both sides of Worcester St, stretched N to Gloucester St & S to Hereford St.
Cnrs 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 apse of Christ Church Cathedral ruin. There were diagonally opp cnr demolition sites. Westende House, post quake rebuild, Blueprint E Frame, stood stark reminder of CCDU's Blueprint stupidity. Diagonally opp cnr, tarped & steel braced Trinity Church / Octagon Restaurant ruin, awaited restoration.
6 images, Manchester St:
*14.06.13. Yellow digger. Blueprint E Frame, demolition site, cnr Worcester St / Manchester St. Red zone, back of ruined Christ Church Cathedral beyond
*14.06.13. Tangled reinforcement steel & yellow digger. Blueprint E Frame, demolition site, cnr Worcester St / Manchester St
14.06.13. Octagon Restaurant (old Trinity Church) awaiting restoration, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St
S down Manchester St to Hereford St crossing: Demolition sites & dead bldgs in Blueprint E Frame, one side of Manchester St & Blueprint core CBD, W side of Manchester St.
Blueprint E Frame, cnr Manchester St / Hereford St: Bradley Nuttal House demolition site.
Blueprint E Frame, along Hereford St: Demolition sites both side of Hereford St, incl Liverpool St. Closed Oaks Homestay Apartments loured above the lot. (Demolished 2015). Opp reopened Calendar Girls, Torrens House was still fence cordoned with many more broken windows since I'd last wandered by.
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame demolition site, cnr Manchester St / Hereford St. Abandoned bldg in core CBD right
*14.06.13. Hereford St / Liverpool St junction view, abandoned bldgs & demolition sites going across Cashel St & Lichfield St to Tuam St. Port Hills beyond
4 images, Hereford St:
14.06.13. Cardboard Cathedral left, cnr Hereford St / Madras St left. *E Frame, reopened Calendar Girls, Hereford St right
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned Torrens House, awaiting demolition, Hereford St
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, CTV demolition site & abandoned IR bldg, Cashel St left. Reopened Les Mills Gym right
Blueprint E Frame, Hereford St: S 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 E Frame, cnr Hereford St / Latimer Sq: Demolition site.
Cnr Hereford St / Madras St: non E 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 S down Madras St to Tuam St.
9 images, Madras St:
14.06.13. Arrow House demolition site view, Anglican Cardboard Cathedral on St Johns demolition site, cnr Madras St / Hereford St
14.06.13. Latimer Sq view, Anglican Cardboard Cathedral on St Johns demolition site. cnr Hereford St / Madras St
In other words, CCDU had not only killed off Blueprint E Frame rebuilds with its parkland idea, CCDU also wanted to buy scores of quake survivor bldgs E of Madras St & the Blueprint E 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, incl Blueprint Frame properties & other CCDU Blueprint anchor sites, like Convention Centre, Performing Arts precinct, Metro Sports Facility...
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 National 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 incompetent Council routine.
The dictatorial CERA Act usurped many Council 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 E Frame, cnr 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 E Frame, CTV demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. Abandoned IR bldg left, reopened Les Mills Gym right
*14.06.13. Blueprint E 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, Anglican Cardboard Cathedral on St Johns demolition site, cnr Madras St / Hereford St
Diagonally opp cnr: 185 Empty Chairs memorial on St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church demolition site.
Blueprint E Frame, opp cnr: 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? Crap "recovery" & poor liaison with Council.
32 images, Cashel St:
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Cashel St view, CTV demolition site & Anglican Cardboard Cathedral on St Johns demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned IR bldg, Cashel St
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned Book City in IR bldg, Cashel St. Abandoned Oaks Homestay Apartments right
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned Book City & quake strewn books, Cashel St
Blueprint E Frame, W along Cashel St, opp 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 E Frame, abandoned Divine Cafe with broken glass, Cashel St
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned Rapaki Properties, Cashel St
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, quake strewn food, Rapaki Properties, Cashel St
Cashel St / Liverpool St junction: I saw N past demolition sites to Hereford St & S past ruined bldgs & demolition sites across Lichfied St to Tuam St, a vast Blueprint E Frame wasteland. I saw rows of concrete drill holes & chipped concrete, showing rusty, iron, reinforcement rods, on the Oaks Homestay Apartment wall. (Demolished 2015). The Blueprint E Frame was dead, abandoned bldgs & weedy demolition sites. So much for CCDU's vaunted rebuild.
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Cashel St view, weedy demolition sites & abandoned bldgs across Lichfield St to Tuam St. McKenzie Willis restoration beyond. Port Hills behind
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Cashel St view, abandoned, brick bldg, awaiting demolition, Bedford Row
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Cashel St view along Liverpool St to abandoned Torrens House, awaiting demolition, Hereford St
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned Oaks Homestay Apartments (demolished 2015) cnr Cashel St / Liverpool St
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned Development House, Cashel St
*14.05.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned Insignis House, Cashel St
Blueprint E Frame, cnrs Cashel St / Manchester St: One cnr, demolition sites all the way to cordoned Bedford Row. An orange, Hi Vis vested workman stood on a ladder, fixing a traffic light. Opp cnr, 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 yellow, high reach digger was parked on a Manchester St demolition site.
14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, cnr Cashel St / Manchester view, core CBD, abandoned bldgs & yellow, high reach digger on demolition site. Abandoned WINZ, High St, behind digger.
14.06.13. Orange, Hi Vis vested workman fixing traffic lights, cnr Manchester St / Cashel St. Abandoned All Seasons Hotel & abandoned bldgs in core CBD behind
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned Shooters, cnr Cashel St / Manchester St
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned Oaks Homestay Apartments (demolished 2015) cnr Cashel St / Liverpool St. See silhouette of demolished bldg on high rise, side wall
*14.06.13. Blueprint E 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 E Frame, part cordoned Bedford Row: Demolition sites & ruined bldgs all the way to abandoned IR bldg, Madras St.
5 images, Manchester St:
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, quake trashed, brick bldg, awaiting demolition, cnr Bedford Row / Manchester St. Shipping containers stop facade falling on Manchester St
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Manchester St view, demolition sites & abandoned bldgs on Bedford Row. Abandoned IR mid left
Blueprint E Frame, cnr Manchester St / Lichfield St: Cordoned Majestic House awaited demolition. Lichfield St was still fence cordon closed. Opp on Manchester St / High St cnr, 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 E Frame, S view of Manchester St to Tuam St crossing. Abandoned Majestic House, awaiting demolition, cnr Manchester St / Lichfield St left
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Manchester St view, closed Lichfield St. Abandoned Majestic House left awaiting demolition
14.06.13. Core CBD bldg left. *Blueprint E Frame, abandoned Majestic House awaiting demolition right, Manchester St / High St / Lichfield St crossing
Blueprint E Frame, S 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 E Frame Poplar St: There was little left of Poplar St, pre quakes a vibrant 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.
5 images, Poplar St:
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Poplar St demolition sites view, abandoned bldgs: CF Cotter & Co, High St left, Majestic House awaiting demolition right, Lichfield St
*14.06.13. Blueprint E 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, E Frame abandoned bldgs. View of abandoned Lichfield St at end of Poplar St. Cordoned gastro pub reopened Dux Central Sept 2015
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned, gastro pub (reopened Dux Central Sept 2015) 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 E 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.
8 images, Ash St:
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Ash St abandoned bldgs. Front gastro pub reopened Dux Central Sept 2015. Behind bldg demolished
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Ash St, S view, Tuam St demolition sites & nexus of E Frame & S Frame, 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 E Frame, Ash St view, Tuam St demolition sites & Blueprint S Frame, McKenzie Willis facade restoration
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Ash St demolition sites view, Blueprint S 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 S Frame, Tuam St view, Blueprint E Frame salvage by Ash St & abandoned bldgs
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Madras St view, Ash St & abandoned bldgs
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Madras St view, 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, cnr Madras St / cordoned Lichfield St.
17 images, 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 E Frame, Madras St view, closed Lichfield St & abandoned bldgs
I wandered W 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 E Frame, cnr Madras St / Bedford Row & abandoned bldgs
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, abandoned amgagency, Bedford Row
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Bedford Row view, 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.
N off Bedford Row I saw demolition sites & abandoned bldgs to Hereford St. S I saw demolition sites & abandoned bldgs to Lichfield St & Tuam St. A vast dead zone. Those Blueprint E Frame wastelands would need years to become housing.
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Bedford Row S 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 E Frame, Bedford Row S 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 E Frame, Bedford Row abandoned, brick bldgs behind abandoned Majestic House, awaiting demolition
*14.06.13. Blueprint E Frame, Bedford Row N view across a demolition site to Cashel St, then along Liverpool St to Hereford St. Abandoned Oaks Homestay Apartments left (demolished 2015) 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 boasted 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 potholed.
The Blueprint E Frame so far was a figment of CCDU's imagination, as nothing concrete had evolved in the Blueprint E 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 E Frame & Blueprint S Frame, zombie zones, before any rebuild occurred.
*Wandered Latimer Sq, Manchester St, Hereford St, Madras St, Cashel St, Poplar St, Ash St.
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. However one looked at the Blueprint Frame, it was a NZ National 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 National govt's disaster capitalism in the CBD cordon: NZ National govt forced its Blueprint precincts on Council, wanting Council to sell its capital assets to pay for NZ National govt's Blueprint anchor projects. Never mind NZ National govt's land grab of residential red zone land. CERA didn't mention NZ National 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 National govt / CERA. Taxpayers paid for NZ National 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). 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 E Frame. It was where the CTV bldg collapsed & burned, killing 115 people in the 22.02.11 quake.
Content & pics Copyright 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).