Red-zone demos reveal green space

02:12, Jun 03 2014
Avonside Drive
IN TRANSITION: Green space is expanding in the Avonside Drive area as red-zoned houses are demolished.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) has cleared 4433 properties in the red zone so far.

New aerial photos - taken on May 25 - reveal growing green space in the East Frame and in the red zone, as Cera continues to accelerate progress.

At present there are 4433 red-zoned properties cleared, from a total of 8062.

cbd red zone
GREEN ZONE APPEARS: The central city.

In March, Cera said it hoped to meet the target of 5000 homes demolished on flat land by the end of June, with the remainder of flat-land homes demolished by the end of the year.

Figures up to March 4 showed 3920 homes had been demolished. That number has increased by 513 in the three months since then.

Cera had missed its demolition targets previously, but promised that the pace of clearance would accelerate.

The number of homes being released for demolition by insurance firms was also accelerating, Cera operations general manager John Cumberpatch said.

A spokeswoman said the East Frame's "greening" was transitional, and it would become a residential area with large green space between homes.

"We have greened it for public use until the next phase begins."

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