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, 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. The aim is to create buildings in our local centres that respond to long term visions of what kind of places we want to live in and what kind of places we want to create for our children. The community will be invited to conversations starting sometime in the next year.
In the interim period before Camia's development can begin, she has offered for Project Lyttelton to facilitate the community's use of the site.
With seed funding from the Transitional City Projects Fund and generous support from many organisations and inviduals, especially Ros Dixon from the Harbour Bazaar, we have been able to remove the fences and make the site safe and accessible. It is used every Saturday for the Harbour Bazaar craft market and will be used during festivals and for arts and music events.
Aside from these events, the site is available and waiting for further initiatives and events. Do you have ideas and energy for other improvement and events at Collett's Corner?
Project Lyttelton will continue to support and facilitate the site's use. Each of Project Lyttelton's projects is run by its advisory group, made up of staff, a board member and community members who have expertise and passion for the project. Typically, each advisory group meets about once a month to make all decisions about the project. Would you like to be on the advisory group? Or use the site for an event? Or turn up for a working bee? Perhaps you would like to build a planter box? Or have plants to donate? What would you like to see at Collett's Corner? Can you help to make that happen?