Amberley’s business centre is getting another boost. Christchurch businessman, Terry Kearns, who has bought the CRT site, next door to Arthur Burke on the corner of Markham Street and Carters Road, is planning a three stage development for retail, commercial and office accommodation.
Mr Kearns says building should begin on the first stage – a two storey 28 metre by 13 metre retail and office block – in April next year. He is in discussions with Subway and a number of local businesses that have ‘‘an appetite’’ to shift into new premises. Mr Kearns is now keen to hear from anyone interested in office space above the three retail and commercial premises in the downstairs section of the building.
Expressions of interest would help with the configuration of the upstairs floor of the building to ‘‘whatever the needs are’’.
He says he brought the CRT site because he has always been interested in Amberley. The site was opposite the Nor’Wester restaurant, which was an icon in the town and with the huge development of vineyards in the Waipara area, Amberley would become a destination in its own right. ‘‘I think Amberley is a gem – a gem waiting to be discovered.
‘‘With the Brackenfield development of a Supermarket and shopping centre, I feel it will change Amberley from being a small country town to being a provincial town to be envied,’’ says Mr Kearns.
‘‘It is really fantastic for Amberley to get a big supermarket. I think in time we will see Amberley as a key town in North Canterbury.’’ Many people lived in Amberley and travelled to work in Christchurch, he says. ‘‘There is going to be a lot more opportunities for employment,’’ says Mr Kearns.
His proposed building will have a solid steel skeleton and attached concrete and cedar timber veneer. ‘‘It will be built absolutely to the new code and well above it. ‘‘It is a state of the art how to build a building,’’ says Mr Kearns who plans to develop the second and third stages of his site as demand dictates. There will be plenty of car parking a the rear of stage one, which is set off the footpath allowing for landscaping.