Govt land grab a worry for Chch landowners
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 6:11p.m.
By Hamish Clark
Christchurch property owners are keen to hear more details about the Government's plan to buy up 800 inner city properties needed for the new city blueprint.
It's all happening under the shadow of compulsory acquisition.
Christchurch property owner Greg Hedges owns the Newstalk ZB building. The 14-storey high rise is about to be blown up and under the new city blueprint, be turned into a park.
“We are happy to see this plan go ahead. We are waiting for CERA to come and have a talk to us and get these transactions underway,” Mr Hedges says.
The new city centre will be condensed down to just eight blocks. Those who own land inside the CBD look to be favoured, turning the land purchase into a game of Monopoly.
But after all the quakes what is the land really worth?
Some property owners inside the red zone have already added to their land portfolios with the need for bigger footprints, given the new height restrictions.
“There have been a fair amount of private transactions occurring, and whether those sales records will form the basis of compensation packages I don't know,” property developer Ernest Duval says.
A total of 800 properties affected by the blueprint need to be purchased by the Government to make way for precincts like the performing arts centre and convention centre near the square.
“The development itself is going to be the biggest factor that affects land prices,” Mr Hedges says. “Where the developments start to go up, initially land prices in those areas will consolidate.”
But Warwick Isaacs from CERA disagrees and says that won't be the case.
“We want to establish a property-by-property transaction. Some people may expect that the first transaction will set a sort of bench mark - that won't be the case.”
Mr Duval wants everyone to be informed about what is happening.
“As a property owner I would hope that the negotiations will be transparent, equitable and fair and I have to believe that is what they will be.”
CERA is sending out letters to property owners in the next few days outlining the process.
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31/07/2012 7:36:26 p.m.
Jon Lorier wrote:
Leave the Ng Gallery ( Formerly Bains Warehouse) alone. Christchurch really needs to retain the heritage buildings still standing, otherwise it will become a soulless place of Tilt Slab concrete and glass. to demolish a building such as this for a sports stadium is an act of vandalism
31/07/2012 7:24:46 p.m.
Can't the people with the fashion shop just use their government payout to move the building? Both parties win because they keep their building and it's one less the government has to demolish...
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