Nature takes over

2017-03-21 06:02

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As the Woodstock clinic prepares to merge with a newly built hospital, plans to redevelop the site are already underway.

An application for rezoning the old nurses’ home, which is vacant, has been submitted to the City of Cape Town by provincial government and is currently open for public comment.

This section of the property will be redeveloped into a five-storey office block for CapeNature, explains public works department spokesperson Siphesihle Dube.

“In terms of the legislation, the provincial government is required to consider the optimal utilisation of its owned properties. This property is not optimally utilised,” he says.

“CapeNature requested alternative accommodation which is relatively close to the CBD. A portion of this property was identified as a possible solution.”

The remainder of the site will be transferred to the City to develop housing, Dube adds.

Three years ago, the City confirmed plans to develop the hospital site into affordable housing and requested the provincial health department transfer the land into their hands, allowing for development of residential units (“Site to be resuscitated”, People’s Post, 30 January 2014).

Provincial health department spokesperson Monique Johnstone previously confirmed the clinic would move to the District Six Community Health Centre, along with Robbie Nurock Clinic. The new hospital, which cost over R65m, will cater for patients from Salt River, Woodstock, Vredehoek, Zonnebloem and the CBD, as well as residents moving back to the former District Six (“Clinic to be moved, People’s Post, 10 March 2015).

Dube estimates the redevelopment of the old nurses’ home to accommodate CapeNature will cost around R100m.

“The commencement date will depend on the outcome of the public participation process that is facilitated by the City. The work is currently at design stage. Further design work will only take place after the approval is obtained from the City in terms of the rezoning application,” he says.

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