Lemmie get this straight.
The government tells a bunch of property owners in Christchurch that it's likely going to use eminent domain to buy their land to make a big park on the south end of downtown; they need to start making arrangements to move elsewhere.
The businesses then make arrangements.
Then the goverment says, "Nah, it's going to be too expensive to buy your land now. Sorry for the hassle. We're not going to buy the whole thing. Just a strip down the middle that makes it unusable for your current purposes and makes it harder to sell the remaining bits. Thanks guys, hope you don't mind."
Did I read this story too quickly?
Christchurch is not the Outside of the Asylum.