Mixed-use development planned for former Pinelands hospital site

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Western Cape provincial government is due to embark on an ambitious multimillion-rand construction project of a mixed-use neighbourhood.

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The Western Cape provincial government is due to embark on an ambitious multimillion-rand construction project of a mixed-use neighbourhood, which it says will contribute towards addressing the spatial legacies of apartheid.

The project, which forms part of the Western Cape’s “Better Living Model Game Changer”, proposes the construction of more than 3,000 residential units, as well as business premises, schools, and safe, green public spaces on a 22ha site in Pinelands, where the Conradie Hospital used to be.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille first provided an update on the project in her state of the province address on Friday. She said the provincial Human Settlements Department would deliver 104,000 “housing opportunities” by the end of her term in 2019.

Yesterday, transport and public works MEC Donald Grant and human settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela announced more details of the project, set to commence in 2018.

The MECs said the project would see the Western Cape government, City of Cape Town, and private sector partners plan, design, fund, and develop the site into a sustainable and affordable mixed-use, mixed-income, and mixed-tenure neighbourhood.

The development will offer about 10,000m² of retail space and 14,500m² of commercial space, which will stimulate small business growth in the area.

The Department of Human Settlements has indicated that of the more than 3,000 residential units, 49% of the residential development must be allocated to grant-funded housing, comprising social housing, Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme and rent-to-buy units.

The remaining 51% of residential units will be made available to the open market.

“As we know, there are thousands of people living in the province who earn too much to receive a free house, but who do not qualify for a bond to buy one.

We believe this development will make a major contribution towards providing this group of people a meaningful housing opportunity and will help reduce the current housing backlog,” Mr Grant and Mr Madikizela said in a joint statement. A public participation process is planned.

Source: Business Day

Last modified on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 18:27

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