Easy parking ahead

2015-10-27 06:00
The parking lot in First Avenue is part of the upgrade to several parking lots in the Town Centre. Work on the project started in July. The rehabilitation includes new painted bays, addition of islands and a smooth new Tarred surface.  PHOTO:  Samant

The parking lot in First Avenue is part of the upgrade to several parking lots in the Town Centre. Work on the project started in July. The rehabilitation includes new painted bays, addition of islands and a smooth new Tarred surface. PHOTO: Samant

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In a few months, motorists frequenting Town Centre parking lots will have a much smoother experience.

Although a delay in the start of the rehabilitation of the parking lot in First Avenue has resulted in a shift in the completion date, the project is still on.

This rehabilitation forms part of a greater Town Centre upgrade.

Ward councillor for the area Solomon Philander says the project was scheduled to start in May, but it commenced in July.

“This is part of the Town Centre upgrade and the rehabilitation includes parking areas in Tango Square at the Melomed hospital, the parking lot opposite the police station, Link Road, the fish market and public toilets,” he says.

He adds these sections were part of the Mitchell’s Plain centre upgrade.

Launched in 2011, the upgrade includes improvement of informal trading bays, lighting in public spaces, provision of public furniture, provision of traders’ shelters, the upgrade of ablution facilities and upgrading of the trading roof, all of which have already been completed.

The cost of this project was estimated at R31m.

The funds were provided by the City of Cape Town and not ward allocation funds, confirms Philander.

“This is the final stage of the upgrade to the Town Centre,” he says.

The project also includes the completion of Link Road to link the Town Centre to Promenade Mall.

The parking lot upgrade will include new islands, painting and a new tarred surface.

This will be done in two stages with work currently being done to the front half.

Although this has made the area chaotic, especially on weekends, traders, shoppers and commuters welcome the upgrade.

“It is an inconvenience now, but I hope this will allow for a better experience once the project is complete,” says shopper ­Michael Jefferies.

In a follow-up to this project, the Town Centre library will also get spruced up.

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