Park to replace demolished city high-rise

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 15:39 07/02/2014
Charles Luney House
Dean Kozanic
GOING DOWN: Charles Luney House housed a range of government officials.
Charles Luney House
Dean Kozanic
DEMOLITION: The site will form part of the green East Frame.

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Another central Christchurch high-rise is on the way down.

Demolition work is underway on Charles Luney House, on the corner of Manchester St and Oxford Tce.

The building was home to ACC and the Public Trust before the Canterbury earthquakes, and previously housed the Canterbury District Health Board's corporate office before it moved to Princess Margaret Hospital.

A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority spokesman said the property was now owned by the Crown and would form part of the proposed East Frame.

The East Frame is the largest of three green borders to be established around the perimetre of the central city.

The Crown has acquired about 98 per cent of the land needed for the project, which will feature open spaces, walk and cycleways, eateries and residential developments.

The Central Christchurch Development Unit has committed $31 million for work on the public spaces, which is expected to begin late this year.

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