In early 2014, Project Lyttelton was approached by Life in Vacant Spaces to facilitate community use of the vacant site on the corner of London St and Oxford St (3-9 London St, the old Empire and pharmacy building).
Initial plans for an outdoor theatre space (Lyttelton Amphitheatre) were developed thoroughly by Brian Rick, but without substantial financial backing, this project was unable to be pursued and Brian continued on to seek paid work elsewhere.
The site was used by the Huxster Trust in November 2014 for the "King of Dirt" event as part of the Lyttelton Urban Downhill. In the wake of this event, Project Lyttelton entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Huxster Trust to build and maintain a pump track on part of the site, while the rest would be developed for general community use (busking, as a park etc) and for the Harbour Bazaar on Saturdays.
Work is still underway to achieve these goals and to create a pleasant space while the owner plans and prepares for a community-led process towards building on the site.
Thanks to our supporters, helpers, funders and sponsors:
Christchurch City Council Transitional City Projects Fund
the Huxster Trust
Francis Ward Ltd
Smith & Sons
Stilton and Brown
and everyone who contributed to the Pledge Me campaign.