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By CATE BROUGHTON
OWNERS OF properties on
the stretch of High St ear-
marked for development
under the Waimakariri Dis-
trict Council's Rangiora town
centre strategy say they
would support the plan -- for
the right price.
If a large developer came
in and wanted to do some-
thing, most people's response
is, it depends on the price,''
said Lindsay Bain, who is
representing the owners of
186 High St. But if a good
offer was made and it would
help the town to recover, it
would be seriously looked at.''
Mr Bain said the fate of
the building that housed
Paper Plus before it was
closed was in the hands of
He was still waiting on a
final engineering report.
We are just resigned to
Mr Bain said he had
attended meetings with
council staff, including chief
executive Jim Palmer, where
a collaborative concept for
development was outlined.
However, he said it was not
clear how it would be imple-
The idea is not very con-
crete, no-one has put down a
Another owner, who did
not want to be named, said
she thought the council's
strategy to make use of land
to the north of High St was
brilliant''. However, she
wanted to ensure High St's
character was retained.
I think some of the shops
that are doing earthquake
strengthening should go
ahead, as well as develop-
ment to the north. There's
room for both.''
She said selling to a devel-
oper would depend on the
monetary value'' of the offer.
Feature continues page 4
Council asked to break
town recovery impasse
By CATE BROUGHTON
NEW PLAN: An example option for Blake Street car park area precinct prepared by urban design consultancy Boffa
Miskel for the Waimakariri District Council's Rangiora town centre strategy.
Someone needs to take up the
reins otherwise High Street will
continue as it is.
Colliers International investment sales
broker Noel Gilchrist
There is a mixture of positions --
those who want to sell, those who
are looking to repair and get on
with that and one or two who don't
know what their choices are.
Waimakariri District Council chief
executive Jim Palmer
THE WAIMAKARIRI District Council needs to
take a leadership role to break deadlocks
preventing the recovery of Rangiora High
Street's commercial area, says an investment
Colliers International investment sales bro-
ker Noel Gilchrist said the council could easily
set the agenda, but was not taking action.
The best recovery plan are your stake
holders. The council is one of the biggest stake
holders so why don't they make a move? Some-
one needs to take up the reins otherwise High
Street will continue as it is.''
He said the most critical factor in the area's
recovery was the re-opening of the Farmers
We have national tenants that want to open
on High Street but we can't unlock sites for
them and they are all eyeing Farmers.''
However, the council's Rangiora town centre
strategy puts the onus for development of High
Street north to Blake Street on the private
Council chief executive Jim Palmer said
building owners in High Street had been
unable or unwilling to progress the col-
laborative development concept for the area.
There is a mixture of positions -- those who
want to sell, those who are looking to repair
and get on with that and one or two who don't
know what their choices are.''
Council owned land, presently taken up with
an under-utilised car park off Blake Street,
would be best used as part of a public-private
development to provide maximum car parking,
retail, business and community spaces accord-
ing to the town centre strategy.
Mr Palmer said owners needed to find capi-
tal to invest in any large scale development,
and make the proposition stack up''.
That is no easy task, and they haven't been
able to get into a position where they can say
this is what we are going to do.''
The enhancement of the laneways to the
north of High Street'' was identified as a
priority in the strategy. Mayor David Ayers
said the recent demolition of the Lamberts
building is the best opportunity to open High
Street up to the north there has ever been''.
Council's progress on the strategy, outlined
in a staff report to the March council meeting,
included developing and discussing with prop-
erty owners the concept plan for a strategic
block of land to the north of High Street''.
Despite the lack of movement on the part of
private land owners, the council has sought to
ready itself for a future public-private develop-
ment by adopting the sale of council land pol-
icy council, earthquake manager Simon Mark-
The policy makes it possible for the council
to sell land to developers directly rather than
having to go through an open tender process.
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