I have been worried about the St James Theatre for some time and am very happy that there is some movement to restore it.
The high-rise apartment block is problematic for a number of reasons but in principle I don’t have a problem with it.
What is a problem however is the video of the development.
It clearly shows several buildings of a similar size to the south of the Town Hall (most clearly at 00.12).
The whole of Greys Ave is a dark canyon of high rise buildings which don’t exist.
Myers Park has disappeared altogether. The tall buildings shown on the Karangahape Rd to the left of the St James Tower don’t exist either (and never can as there’s a height limit).
It’s really not very good that this is how they are selling the project to the public.
They are trying to make it look as if the building will fit right in because it will be only one of several buildings of the same size, when in fact none of those buildings exist.
They may try to argue that it is