Group of Rangiora Shops Classified Dangerous and Are Now Shut Down

A group of Rangiora shops were shut this evening after consulting engineers retained by the Council and by the building owner, classified it as a dangerous building in an earthquake that was less than moderate.  Adjacent shops also have to be closed because they are in the drop zone.

The shops affected in the building are Graeme Smith Unichem Pharmacy, Annah Stretton’s and Flight Centre.  The adjacent buildings are Rangiora Digital Photo Lab and the Union and Floor Pride shops.

The Council is very aware that no-one wants our two town centres in Kaiapoi and Rangiora shut down, so we will be investigating different ways of helping businesses to relocate from dangerous buildings if they wish to.  We offered this in Kaiapoi after the September quake, and the i-site and the Little Rooster, fo a while, took this up.


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