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AN AMBITIOUS PROJECT. . NEW THOROUGHFARE PLANNED, j I Whether or m»t Christehurrli <» to j have a new street lined oh either side ; with two-storey buildings, joining | Gloucester and Armagh street.-, ap- j parently lies now entirely with the j I itv Council, to the Town Planning i Committee of wliieh the m heme was submitted vesterday afternoon by those interested in its promotion. .Sketch plans, drawn by Mr H. Franei* Willis, a City architeet, accompanied the communication asking tor the Council's approval of the new thoroughfare. The proposed width of this is 40 feet, and it will probably not be until the Council's next meeting on Tuesday evening that its attitude towards such an application will be known. It is interesting to note that Mr George Gould recently suggested that a new street be mytde from the corner of Manchester street and Gloucester street, to run diagonally to a point in Armagh street, say three chains east of Colombo street. The scheme now likely to be adopted was suggested as probably offering a good investment for a company of business men, in the Hearth and Home columns of The Press several weeks ago. No information could be gathered last evening as to the position regarding the Colosseum, the demolition of whieh will be necessary if the project readies fruition, but a reporter was assured that all the difficulties in the way had been disposed of, and also options had been secured over two shops fronting Armagh street and dividing the Colosseum from that thoroughfare by about 20ft. After serving many purposes in its time, the Colosseum is now the headquarters of a taxi company. If the City Council decides to approve the construction of the new street it will be' involved in no expenditure for the purchase of land, for the intention is to dedicate to the City free of cost the whole of the area involved. It is pointed out that this form of business—the purchase of property for the purpose of making new business streets and frontages—is entirely new to Christehurch, but a very common form of investment in other countries. The name of Mr A. F. Staeey ia prominently associated with the venture, but when asked for details last evening he refused any information. The most interesting feature about the project is that the new street has been planned from end to end on Spanish lines, this type of building having found a good deal of favour in Cbristchureh lately. The new Begent Theatre will be of this type of architecture, and the Eadiant Hall, recently completed, is also of such design. Armagh street is recognised as oae of the principal market thoroughfares in the town, and the plans drawn disclose that the same character is intended for the new street, but whether the shops will be let or sold apparently lies with the syndicate which will, no doubt, appear in the scheme before long. "It will be the finest street in New Zealand and unique for this part of the world," The Piiess representative who pursued some enquiries on the subject was informed last evening. Under the verandahs there will be old wrought-iron lanterns to heighten the Spanish effect. It was emphatically stated that there was nothing nebulous about the whole scheme, and that it would be put into effeet within a short period.

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SPANISH STREET., Press, Volume LXV, Issue 19801, 13 December 1929

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SPANISH STREET. Press, Volume LXV, Issue 19801, 13 December 1929