Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Church buys Cranmer Court site in Christchurch

8 April 2013


Church buys Cranmer Court site in Christchurch

Majestic Church in Christchurch has bought the high profile Cranmer Court site for $10 million.

Senior minister Leo Hanssen said the church, which has around 800 members, wanted to continue its presence in the inner city. Before the earthquake, Majestic operated out of premises on the corner of Manchester/Lichfield and High Sts.

Hanssen said the unconditional purchase was funded from the church’s insurance payout for its former buildings, which are still awaiting demolition. Its Bedford Row car park has already been demolished. Under the blueprint, the entire site will now form part of the green frame.

“This is a wonderful property for us and really allows us to be part of the Christchurch community. In our previous building, we really enjoyed being in the middle of activity in the city and the Cranmer Court site means we can continue operating in this way.”

Hanssen said the 7183sq m property meant Majestic could realise its vision of a community-based facility.

“We used to be part of the High St precinct. This purchase means we can be part of the Victoria St precinct. Our vision is to build something that a lot of groups will be able to use – we don’t just want a building for church on Sunday.”

Majestic Church was established in Christchurch in 1962, last year celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was housed in Manchester St from 1978 until February 2011, and is currentlyleasing premises in Moorhouse Ave.

Detailed planning for the new property would soon begin, with Hanssen hopeful Majestic Church will open its doors in 2016.

Broker Paul Marshall, of Colliers International, said Majestic had been looking at various other proposals but was attracted by the unique inner city location and the large size of the site.

Hamish Doig, managing director of Colliers International, said there were a number of tenders for the CranmerCourt property.

“The keen competition for this highlights the demand we’re experiencing for quality inner city land. We’re quickly realising that you can’t predict who will be the eventual purchaser because so many orgnaisations have been displaced and demand is coming from a variety of sources which dictates the need for a well-thought, comprehensive marketing campaign.”

The landmark Cranmer Court site was put up for sale by the 31 owners who make up the body corporate. The historic Gothic style building was demolished last year, after vigorous attempts to save it proved unfeasible.

David Chambers, chairman of the body corporate, said that the sale would help owners to pick up their lives and start afresh.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Two Years With New Methods: Crime Stats Show Increase Led By Burglary

The two years of data show an increase in the total victimisation rate of 3.1 per cent, with 12,060 more victimisations in the 2015/16 year when compared to 2014/15 year. From this increase, 72 per cent is attributable to burglaries. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news