Tenders are in for Strand St Quarry

2016-03-01 06:00
 Tenders have been submitted for the medium-term lease of the Strand Street Quarry.  PHOTO: nicole mccain

Tenders have been submitted for the medium-term lease of the Strand Street Quarry. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Finding someone to take over the Strand Street Quarry from the City of Cape Town is moving along as tenders for the medium-term lease of the quarry are being reviewed.

The City is currently evaluating proposals, says Ian Neilson, Mayco member for finance.

“The City has recommended that a two-stage competitive bidding process for the selection of a lessee for the Strand Street Quarry be followed. The first step will involve calling for proposals from bidders in the private sector, who will each be requested to submit an urban design framework for the proposed usage and development of the site,” he explains.

The second step will see the evaluation of these proposals by the City and a call for financial proposals from preferred bidders.

“It is important to note that the granting of lease rights to a successful bidder will be subject to the lessee first obtaining, where necessary, the necessary land-use, environmental, heritage and other approvals and removing or amending, where applicable, any scheduled or title deed conditions,” he says.

Further public participation is on the cards, Neilson says.

The quarry – which has been linked to crime, vagrancy and littering – was to be developed by the City as a 2010 legacy project. But the development was put on hold after funding dried up (“Plan grinds to a halt”, People’s Post, 23 September 2014).

The quarry had previously been earmarked for development by Sanparks, which was investigating installing some kind of cableway to transport visitors to Signal Hill and the Noon Gun.

The site has been identified as a proposed Grade 1 national heritage site.

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