In 1988 when local architect Graham Allen first purchased 6 London Street it consisted of a shop with an upstairs flat, with another 3 flats behind it. Over a 10 year period the buildings were gradually renovated. The last conversion was of the derelict rooftop apartment that had originally been built by the Diamond Harbour Ferry operator in 1940. The completed alteration was a finalist in the 1997 NZ Home of the year awards. In 1998 Graham moved to Auckland but retained one of the apartments to use when in Christchurch. Following the 2011 earthquakes the buildings were demolished and the site has since remained empty. But Graham still dreamed of one day re-developing the site with a view to returning to Lyttelton. With this in mind he conceived and created detailed plans (and secured Resource Consent) to re-create what was originally on the 367m2 site, which retains its commercial zoning, but with a stylish and more contemporary look that, whilst retaining links to the past, also reflects current lifestyles and the evolving character, charm and appeal of post-quake Lyttelton. Although his business is now firmly established in Auckland Graham's heart is still in Lyttelton and he would ideally like to retain some involvement with the site's redevelopment, either in the way that he has envisioned it or in whatever form the next owner might desire for the site. So the choice of what to do with it is yours. You may choose to turn his dream into reality, or do something completely different with the site. But as you may already realise, bare land in this part of Lyttelton is as scarce as the proverbial hens teeth, especially land with a commercial zoning, so get your thinking cap on and decide what you'd like to do with it. Deadline for offers is 4pm on Tuesday February 12, 2019 (Unless Sold Prior) NB: Price will be Plus GST, If any.
Please note this is also listed under Residential listings IL2265.