Calendars Girls condemned, Les Mills to stay
Calendar Girls looks set to be demolished to make way for the city's green frame, but the Les Mills building will be left.
The Crown says it will not buy the Les Mills gym or the Christchurch Club as part of its purchases for the eastern frame, but it will buy Calendar Girls and the former IRD building. It intended to demolish the strip club.
The Christchurch Central Development Unit today confirmed the fate of key sites in the eastern frame after months of acquisition negotiations.
Unit director Warwick Isaacs said the Les Mills gym in Cashel St would stay, but the Crown would need the gym's western car park for the frame.
The Orion substation in Armagh St will not be bought, and the Christchurch Club's heritage building in Worcester St will also be allowed to stay.
The Municipal Electricty Department building and the rest of the Orion site will be bought.
The Crown will also buy the former Inland Revenue building, the Pavilion building and its neighbouring car park in Cashel St.
The former Inland Revenue building was built five years ago and its owners had previously hoped to retain the site, repair the earthquake damage and reopen the building.
Isaacs said final offers were being sent to property owners, and compulsory acquisition powers may need to be used in some cases.
''It's not our preference to go down the compulsory acquisition path, but where we have already purchased most of the land, the city can't afford for the rebuild to be held up,'' he said.
''These properties are needed for projects that are going to benefit everyone living and working in Greater Christchurch.''
Calendar Girls owner Jacqui Le Prou did not know where negotiations over the site were at because somebody else had been dealing with the CCDU on her behalf.
Brendon Stewart, of Rapaki Property Group, which owns the former Inland Revenue building and its neighbouring site, said negotiations had taken longer than the group had hoped.
"We've been negotiating in good faith ... and we've reached an agreement in terms of price, but there are just a few other matters to be dealt with before the deal is finalised," he said.
"We just want some clarity so we can move on."
The i-Stay Apartments in Cashel St will also be acquired and probably demolished.
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