Disastrous Tongaat mall to be revamped 

2017-03-09 06:01
Big Box co and Proproyale Developers CEO Murray Clark.Photo: SUPPLIED

Big Box co and Proproyale Developers CEO Murray Clark.Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Tongaat Mall that collapsed killing two workers and injuring several more in 2013 will be rebuilt later this year.
This is according to the new owners, Proproyale Developers, in partnership with Investec Properties and AJ Property Developments.

The CEO for Big Box Co and Proproyale Developers Murray Clark, said in a statement that his company, in partnership with Investec Property and AJ Property Developments, purchased the original property and pledged to build an entirely new centre.

“We deeply respect Tongaat’s heritage and it has been heartening to hear from the town’s residents.

“One thing is clear — the community is desperate for a space where they can shop safely, eat and gather together. Our goal is to exceed their expectations by creating a dynamic centre that symbolises the spirit of Tongaat,” said Clark.

“With an impressive portfolio of established developments and successful shopping centres, this team of developers have what it takes to reshape the site into a sustainable triumph,” he added.

Like all their builds, safety is paramount and site-specific plans will be vetted thoroughly and approved before any construction begins.

Clark said that Tongaat residents have very few options to turn to in terms of retail outlets at the moment.

The high street is congested and there isn’t adequate parking available.

Clark and his team are set to change all that when their ultra-convenient centre becomes a quick commute away.

Clark added: “The property is supremely well-positioned for retail and we’re excited to create an incredible shopping experience that generates employment and growth in our economy.

“We have a fresh, trend-led millennial approach to development and this will be a centre like no other in the area.”

The centre’s construction will create over 300 job opportunities and once complete, the project is expected to create close to 500 permanent positions.

Clark said the mall is now in the planning phase, which is being treated with utmost care, and construction will commence this year, subject to town-planning approvals.

Clark said the development teams are aiming to be open for trade by April 2019, and their immediate goal is to demolish the existing structure which is a risk to the community. The mall will accommodate 1 000 parking bays, which will be within easy access to the shops and major roads. - Supplied.

 

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