New container shops approved for central Christchurch
A container mini-mall is planned for a central Christchurch block where a falling building killed 12 people in the earthquakes.
New property owner Sam Hung Hong International Ltd has been given resource consent to put a container retail complex on the corner of Colombo and Tuam streets.
The double-storey complex would have shops and food and drink outlets in five shipping containers. It would have a central courtyard and an upper deck, roof seating and a gantry walkway.
The complex would have a similar look and fell to the Riverside container mall, formerly Re:Start, which will make way for a new development on Cashel St early next year. The site will be landscaped with trees.
It is intended to remain for six years.
The land is opposite the city's south frame just north of Mollett St, an area with mixed-use zoning.
It is opposite the city's bus interchange and the under-construction Hoyts cinema complex. The site is near the St Asaph St rebuild site for the Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School.
The old two-storey brick building previously on the site collapsed in the February 2011 earthquake. Eight people were crushed in a bus on Colombo St and four were killed on the footpath.
The remains of the buildings were demolished shortly afterwards. Sam Hung Hong International paid just over $1 million for the cleared site on two titles in 2014.
A Wilson Parking yard occupies the land.
The Chan family, who move between New Zealand and Hong Kong, own Sam Hung Hong International. They could not be contacted for comment on when they hoped to start work on the site.
Christchurch City Council planners, commenting on the company's resource consent application, said while the project would not achieve the long-term vision for the area, it was an appropriate temporary use for a vacant site.