Plan to reopen Christchurch CBD announced

Last updated 16:25 07/04/2011

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Parts of Christchurch's central district will be open again from October.

A timetable for reopening the central business district was announced this afternoon by the city's property owners, business operators, civil defence staff and politicians.

Cashel Mall will open first and will act as a gateway to the rest of the city centre. Re-locatable expo-style structures will be used by retailers and hospitality owners who are not able to re-open in their existing buildings in the inner city.

Dubbed "Restart 29 October" the project aims to have existing retail and hospitality buildings open from October 29 in the area bounded by Oxford Terrace, Hereford St, Colombo St and Lichfield St.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said it was "an important and symbolic move that tells the people of Christchurch we are serious about getting business on its feet and rebuilding the central city."

A detailed assessment of existing buildings will be completed by the end of the month with repair work and remediation designs completed for individual buildings by the end of May.

By June, demolition of buildings which cannot be repaired will be completed and all sites will be cleared of rubble.

September will see the installation of re-locatable expo-style structures with building repairs and remediation work completed by October 17 - ready for the October 29 public opening.

The reopening is being timed for Canterbury's Cup and Show Week in November.

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