"TVNZ announced in April that it planned to sell Avalon studio in 2013. Its Good Morning breakfast show will move to Auckland early next year, threatening up to 12 fulltime positions and contracted workers.
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said he was worried not enough was being done to sell Avalon while it was still fully equipped.
'I made it quite clear that the community was not happy about the sale, but if it was going to be sold then it needed to be sold as an ongoing concern, not as an empty warehouse.'"
MP fears Avalon will be sold as empty shell | Stuff.co.nz:
Reading that article made me think about this excellent talk from TED.com: Retrofitting Suburbia, which is all about communities taking back abandoned malls, office buildings and car-parks and repurposing them for their town or suburbs benefit. It's about 17 minutes long, and an interesting glimpse into a possible future.