City opens bidding for Maiden’s Cove erven

2016-03-15 06:00

The major makeover the City of Cape Town plans for Maiden’s Cove is entering the next phase, as the City yesterday announced it has invited tenders to purchase and lease portions of three City-owned erven in the Clifton and Camps Bay area.

These tender specifications come on the heels of a public participation exercise the City undertook last year when residents heard about the City’s ideas for shops, a hotel, residences and more.

In a statement the City says it has paid attention to public calls for the protection of Maiden’s Cove, the upgrade of public infrastructure and for social housing.

“About R55m will be invested in expanding the beloved Maiden’s Cove picnic area to develop this underused public asset in a manner that is similar to the City’s popular Green Point urban park,” Deputy mayor Ian Neilson says.

“Our envisaged ‘Maiden’s Cove urban park’ will be transformed to about three times its current size.

“It is estimated that R30m will be required for a boardwalk between Clifton beach, Maiden’s Cove, Glen beach and Camps Bay beach, which will be an extension to the pedestrian network on the Atlantic seaboard.”

The design also requires an upgrade and renewal of transport and non-motorised transport infrastructure along Victoria Road at a cost of about R26m, while requiring about R23m for the establishment of the Bantry Point Caves boardwalk.

About R18m would also be required for the proposed upgrade of the Glenn forest trail and a walkway along Kloof Road from Victoria Road to Kloof Nek. It is also foreseen that the existing aged steps leading from Victoria Road down to the beaches at Clifton and Glen Beach require an upgrade to the tune of about R2.5m. The Glen Country Club and its facilities will be redeveloped as part of the overall development.

City approval will be required for all of the detailed plans, budgets and construction programmes.

The tender includes two single residential parcels of land for the development of 52 Clifton-style residences.

The other development opportunities comprise the lease and development of a boutique hotel or apartment site, a commercial component for restaurants and retail, and a mixed-use component (offices/studios/flats) of 2250m² and a parking facility of about 700 bays for residents and the public.

The commercial part of the development opportunities will be based on a 50-year leasehold, which means the enhanced and developed asset will revert back to the City.

After the bid process, further public participation will be done, the City says.

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