Car-park building to go before Christmas

DAYS ARE NUMBERED: The Lichfield St car-park building will be demolished before Christmas.
DAYS ARE NUMBERED: The Lichfield St car-park building will be demolished before Christmas.

The Lichfield St car-park building will be demolished before the pre-Christmas retail rush, the Christchurch City Council says.

The car-park site will be essential for shoppers wanting access to Ballantynes and the relocated Re:Start Mall nearby.

Councillor Paul Lonsdale, former Re:Start manager, said the move showed the council continued to support central-city retail. The building was severely earthquake-damaged and was not economic to repair.

However, because of time constraints, the council has agreed to demolish the building before receiving sign-off from reinsurers.

"The provision of car-parking is absolutely essential for the central city retail sector to thrive," Lonsdale said.

"We need to make it as easy as possible for people to come into the city to shop and enjoy all it has to offer."

The council had not yet decided how or when the parking structure would be replaced.

Traffic disruption to Lichfield St, which had also given access to the city's bus exchange, would be minimised while demolition was under way.

The council had also reached an agreement with Carter Group Ltd to build a 534-space car park on the Crossing car-park site nearby.

The Press