Govt calls on developers for eastern frame

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 17:13 21/02/2014

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The Government has called for expressions of interest from developers to build townhouses and apartments in Christchurch's eastern frame.

Three years on from the February 2011 earthquake more details about hGvow the frame will look have been revealed. 

A central park, cafes, gyms and community gardens are among the features the Government hopes will attract up to 2000 people to the eastern frame. 

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee this afternoon announced a final plan for the frame, which runs from Armagh to Lichfield St between Madras and Manchester St, and said expressions of interest from keen developers would be open for about a month.

Speaking to media, Brownlee said it was not yet clear whether the Crown would sell the land before developments were built or retain ownership until properties were sold. The eastern frame had been split into about nine super lots, which could hold up to 100 houses on each, he said.

However, the Government hoped 750 dwellings would be constructed in total. 

''The idea is to try and bring quite a large number of people into the central city... and this partnership [with developers] will deliver high-quality housing and change the appearance of the old Manchester St.''

Construction of the first residential complex was expected to start late next year with houses ready for occupation by the end of 2016.

There would be opportunities for community gardens, complementary sustainable stormwater management to create a new community within the city.

As for what an apartment or townhouse might cost, Brownlee said price was ''yet to be determined''.

''But you don't want expectations to be too low from the start... there's a reasonable aspect of premium involved with living so close to the city centre.''

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