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19April

Christchurch's lingering eyesore buildings are a 'parade of the uglies'

Christchurch's lingering eyesore buildings are a 'parade of the uglies'

While admiring the reverence of Cranmer's Square Field of Remembrance on Sunday, I got chatting to a typically effervescent Irish tourist.

She first admired the beautiful installation while visiting Christchurch four years ago and the 30-something Dubliner remarked how impressive "some parts of the central city are looking."

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01April

Christchurch City Council's flash new Lichfield St car park building loses $18k in a month

Christchurch City Council's flash new Lichfield St car park building loses $18k in a month

Empty spaces mean the Christchurch City Council's flash new $31.3 million car parking building appears to be haemorrhaging money. The Lichfield St car park's loss was $18,000 in March alone – it made $69,000 in revenue but cost $87,000 to run.

The 805-space central city building opened in November. Last Monday, Central City Business Association chairman Brendan Chase said the building regularly had more than 500 free spaces.

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01April

Christchurch Hospital park-and-ride car park may be in breach of consent

Christchurch Hospital park-and-ride car park may be in breach of consent

Christchurch Hospital's park-and-ride site may be operating illegally because of its neglected condition.

The Deans Ave site is providing car parking with a shuttle service to the hospital until the parking building lost to the earthquakes can be replaced.

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26March

Christchurch Hospital visitors face parking mess, while closer council parking building sits half-empty

Christchurch Hospital visitors face parking mess, while closer council parking building sits half-empty

Using Christchurch's under-occupied Lichfield St car park building for hospital visitors would solve several problems at once, a city business leader says.

Hospital patients and visitors have reported struggling with the poor conditions at the Deans Ave park-and-ride site, which is in use until a new building is built in 2020.

The temporary site, linked by a shuttle bus to the hospital 2km away, is unsealed, flood-prone and potholed. It lacks good-quality shelter in bad weather especially affecting those who are elderly, disabled or unwell.

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23March

The hospital car park is a civic disgrace

The hospital car park is a civic disgrace

The poor state of outdoor car parking in Christchurch has been a perennial subject since the city started to open up again after the earthquakes. For operators it seemed to be as simple as fencing off some gravel and knowing they would come. But Christchurch Hospital's park and ride car park on Deans Ave has set a new low.

The Press revealed the shocking condition of the car park, which is on the opposite side of Hagley Park from the hospital. In the absence of any parking while the hospital is being rebuilt, patients and visitors must park on a muddy, remote stretch of land, pay $5 and wait for a shuttle to move them to their destination.

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02March

Over 40,000 vehicles used Lichfield St car park building in first three months

Over 40,000 vehicles used Lichfield St car park building in first three months

More than 40,000 cars have used Christchurch's new central city parking building since it opened in November, averaging 653 vehicles a day.

When it opened, the 805-park Lichfield St car park building was heralded by the Christchurch City Council as a "massive milestone" for a city struggling with gravel pits for parks and relying on on-street spaces. The building cost the council $31.3 million.

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12November

New 805-space Lichfield St car park building opens in Central Christchurch

New 805-space Lichfield St car park building opens in Central Christchurch

An hour's free parking will be available over summer at a newly-opened 805-car park building in central Christchurch.

The $31.3 million facility on Lichfield St, owned by the Christchurch City Council, opened to the public at midday on Friday. Built by Clearwater Construction, it came in $1m under budget.

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05November

Authorities believe Christchurch's controversial central city transport plan is still right for the city

Authorities believe Christchurch's controversial central city transport plan is still right for the city

The central city's controversial transport plan will make sense once the city is fully built, city planners say.

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30October

Key to St Asaph St stoush will be taking a wider view of success

Key to St Asaph St stoush will be taking a wider view of success

OPINION: There's been so much change forced upon us over the last six years that it's no wonder our collective patience is wearing thin.

But when events beyond our control give us an opportunity to reassess whether what we had is still what we want, it seems foolish to waste it.

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23October

Cone of silence over rents for swanky new justice precinct digs

Cone of silence over rents for swanky new justice precinct digs

Government agencies moving into Christchurch's swanky new justice and emergency services precinct are tight lipped about rents in the new $300 million building.

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19August

Free parking proposed in Christchurch City Council-owned off-street carparks

Free parking proposed in Christchurch City Council-owned off-street carparks

A proposal to offer one hour of free parking at all Christchurch City Council-owned off-street car parks will be put before councillors next month.

The Christchurch City Development Forum has recommended the council adopt the one-hour free policy for four months, starting in October, to coincide with the opening of the council-owned 800-space Lichfield St car park.

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15July

Welcome to Christchurch, welcome to the south

Welcome to Christchurch, welcome to the south

Tourism leaders want the Christchurch CBD to focus on what it can add to the region's status as the gateway to the South Island, in order to bring more tourists to the central city.

Last week, ChristchurchNZ business development manager Caroline Blanchfield said few visitors were coming into the Christchurch CBD, which needed to offer a "better" visitor experience than it did now.

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24June

Christchurch's 'Goldilocks years': Conditions 'just right' for strong progress in next 3 years

Christchurch's 'Goldilocks years': Conditions 'just right' for strong progress in next 3 years

Christchurch is entering its "Goldilocks" years with the rebuild and economy in just the right place to give the city a boost.

That is the opinion of city leaders who say construction has progressed enough to create opportunities for social and economic activity.

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24June

Progress patchy, but businesses pushing ahead in Christchurch's new innovation and retail precincts

Progress patchy, but businesses pushing ahead in Christchurch's new innovation and retail precincts

It's lunchtime on the shortest day of the year. Winter sunshine has lured office and construction workers, shoppers and tourists onto the streets of central Christchurch's retail precinct.

On days like these, you can glimpse of how the fully rebuilt city centre could be. People are relaxing on the riverbank, enjoying spicy lunches at the container mall, sipping coffee in the ANZ Centre cafe, browsing in shops along Cashel St, and lounging in beanbags in the BNZ Centre square.

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05June

Call for parking action in central Christchurch

Call for parking action in central Christchurch

Central Christchurch businesses want action to ensure high parking charges do not deter shoppers.

With post-earthquake free parking disappearing in the rebuild, motorists are facing fees of up to $5 an hour.

Most off-street parking in the central city is now controlled by specialist parking companies, with Hong Kong-based Wilson Parking at 40 locations including parking buildings.

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