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What's happening at Collett's Corner?


Lyttelton Community has been lucky to have the interim use of a large piece of vacant land where the Empire Hotel and Pharmacy used to stand. This area was known in the past as Collett's Corner, after the chemist J. B. Collett, whose descendants still live in the area.

The current owner, Camia Young of Ohu Development, is the founder of XCHC (Exchange Christchurch) in Waltham, described as “a place to cultivate a creative ecology by supporting people to develop their creative self." Her dream for the site is to create a building with the local community. This will be different then other developments: instead of relying on private property developers and the Council to build the town centre, this will be an opportunity for people to be directly involved in creating and investing in a building they want. It will be a multi-use building where local people will have the opportunity to invest in their town centre’s commercial real estate at the same time as have a say in what is built. 

Ohu Development is working through a process in the following stages:

Stages of Development

Listening Phase: Jul - Aug 2017
Ask the community to share their ideas for the site

Ideation Phase: Sep - Nov 2017
Develop the project's purpose and social impact
Assess potential options for the project through feasibility studies
Share outcomes and seek input to choose the preferred option

Scoping Phase: Jan - Mar 2018
Build the project team
Create financial and legal structures aligned to the project's purpose
Seek the first round of funding from initial investors

Plan & Design Phase: Apr 2018 - Feb 2019
Develop a business plan aligned to the project's purpose
Develop the design and share it with the community for feedback

Construction Phase: Mar - Nov 2019
Build community by building buildings including working bees to develop trade experience

Opening: Dec 2019
Let's celebrate together!

Estimated Costs

Land $630,000
~$4-5mil construction depending on what is built

In the interim period before the development begins, Project Lyttelton is facilitating the community's use of the site.

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