27 April 2012
Appeal Trust funds temporary business accommodation in Rangiora
The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust has approved funding of up to $200,000 towards the temporary building accommodation project in Rangiora and Kaiapoi.
The funding is to be used for public amenities including lighting, walkways, walkway covers, general signage, landscaping and the reinstatement of gardens and surfaces when the temporary accommodation is removed.
Construction of the temporary shops, a project being carried out by the Waimakariri District Council in support of those businesses displaced by recent building closures, began in Rangiora on the 10th of April. The construction, including fit out of the individual shops, is due to take approximately six to eight weeks, before trading can begin from them. The shops are located on High Street on the lawn in front of the Rangiora Service Centre, and also for a short way up the eastern side of Durham Street. The funding can also be used in a similar way in Kaiapoi for any temporary business accommodation built.
Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trustee Dr Rod Carr says the trustees, on the advice of the advisory board, were keen to support the project. “This enables Rangiora and Kaiapoi to support local businesses to keep operating in the town centre. With the Council providing temporary accommodation for business, the economic activity in the area can thrive again and the wider community will benefit”.