Development a blooming site

2019-01-23 06:01
The Whitherow Dam development site in Heidedal. Photo: Google

The Whitherow Dam development site in Heidedal. Photo: Google

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Over 30 years ago Anglo Americans subsidiary Corobrick stopped making kiln fired bricks in Bloemfontein and closed their factory in Heidedal.

They left behind a few derelict buildings and a huge dam which is where they used to dig out the clay for brickmaking. The site to the east of the city was between the Thaba Nchu railway line, across from Ooseinde and Heidedal. For a number of years it lay unused until the Fountain family, father Ted and son Nicolas bought the site.

Mike Spencer of Platinum Global says these two innovately converted the extensive site exceeding 20 ha to a multinodal mixed-use development.

Developments on the site include Twin City Mall, a hospital site, extensive free-standing housing and sectional title flats and townhouse sites, and industrial park.

Around the 1.7 ha dam the development of lake side entertainment and offices are currently planned.

The industrial area is completed and stands are available for immediate occupation. The next phase will be the first housing area called Golden Glades where buyers will have a choice of stands from 285 m² to 467 m² on which the developer will build one of a choice of homes.

Negotiations are underway for a private school on the site as part of a national school development project.

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