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The Star: April 27, 2017

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The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 27 2017 11 Viewpoint East Frame work begins I AM pleased to say there is physical work happening on all committed Crown-led projects in central Christchurch. Fletcher Living held a ground-breaking ceremony at the site last week, signalling the start of construction on the East Frame residential development. Construction of the first batch of new central city homes is officially under way on what’s known as Superlot 4, on the corner of Hereford St and Latimer Square. Crown company Ōtākaro Ltd and Fletcher Living have been working together on plans to create a new central city community. Alongside construction of the new dwellings, Ōtākaro – which is delivering the Crown-led anchor projects for Christchurch – is overseeing the construction of the East Frame’s public realm. This will be the third-largest public space in Christchurch and it’s expected to be completed by early next year. The biggest challenge has been getting the mixture of housing right. Because we are creating a new community, homes need to be available in a range of styles and sizes. We want to attract as many people as possible into this development, so we’ve taken the time to make sure we’ve got this right. Gerry Brownlee By putting more effort into the planning and design of the East Frame, Ōtākaro and Fletcher Living should be more prepared for the construction stage of the development. In spite of the extra time spent planning, the first 20 terraced houses in the East Frame residential development will be completed in May 2018 – five months ahead of the original schedule. The East Frame will consist of about 900 homes, with a combination of terraced homes and apartments. These are expected to house more than 2000 people. The future residents will have everything at their doorstep. As well as the first-class amenities, GROUND-BREAKING: Fletcher Building residential and land development chief executive Steve Evans and Ōtākaro’s Albert Brantley. Christchurch’s regenerating city offers a great range of new cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. The East Frame homes will flank the East Frame public space. This is a 660m linear park that runs through the five blocks from Litchfield St to the Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Construction of the East Frame residential development marks an important milestone in the rejuvenation of our city. This fantastic new community will attract people back into the heart of Christchurch. •Gerry Brownlee is Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Remembering the lives cut short by war THIS Anzac week we have taken the opportunity to reflect on the service of thousands of men and women who have – and still do – dedicate their lives to their country. I had the privilege of attending four ceremonies across Wigram on Tuesday. Each service was moving, poignant and different. This is how it should be – communities finding their own unique way to remember their pasts. At dawn in Upper Riccarton, an increasing number of people each year gather in the War Memorial Library. This small library is run by a small but dedicated team of volunteers. It was at this service that I witnessed the birth of a new Anzac tradition – a cupcake replete with edible poppy. At the Hornby War Memorial, many of the names are familiar Hornby names. I always find it especially poignant hearing the local school children read out short biographies of the names on the memorial. This really brings it home that these were young men who made their hopes and their dreams in this same local area; who walked on the same ground, but had their lives cut short by war. Another unique ceremony we have is the service for residents of Rannerdale Veterans Village and their families. This ceremony is touching in that so many of the attendees know the lived reality of war. The highlight this year was that the Rannerdale Choir debuted their Rannerdale Song. My day finished at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram, where about a thousand people gathered. Many of those who attended once called the airforce base home, and they now mix with the more recent recruits to the neighbourhood from what we now call Wigram Skies. The museum is a living memorial to people who have served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. This was underscored by the unveiling of an additional plaque bearing the names of personnel who had lost their lives serving in the airforce in the last two years. •Megan Woods is Labour’s Canterbury spokeswoman PROBLEM: The Ministry of Health shut down a plan for a 700-space car park near Christchurch Hospital two years ago. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Last week The Star reported that the Ministry of Health shut down a plan two years ago for a 700-space car park near Christchurch Hospital because it decided there was not enough demand for it Alison Paulsen – Is it possible to select people with a modicum of intelligence for these positions? If malls, bars, etc have to have car parks, a hospital dealing with hundreds of people on a 24/7 basis should make parking a priority. Gary Fox – There’s people screaming out for car parks at the hospital. They have done so for quite a while now. How is there no demand, really? I still think the best option is to move the hospital to a larger site to allow for more parking. I don’t think it’s too late to do this and sell the current site, as is, to a hotel chain. The surrounding Hagley Park would ensure quite a nice price could be achieved. •More rise up comments, page 13