Building still notcomplete after 5 years

2015-09-22 06:00
A stalled development, classified a problem building, on Main Road, needs urgent intervention, ratepayers believe.

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A stalled development, classified a problem building, on Main Road, needs urgent intervention, ratepayers believe. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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More needs to be done to sort out a problem building on Muizenberg’s Main Road, ratepayers believe.

This as the Le Diamante development stands unfinished for a fifth year.

The R10m project was set to transform the building opposite the Muizenberg station, previously occupied by illegal tenants. Construction on the luxury block of flats started in 2010 after the building was auctioned off the previous year, but soon ground to a halt amid allegations that contractors had not been paid (“Little progress for Le Diamante”, 8 March 2011, People’s Post).

Legal proceedings were also instituted after the previous owner claimed the developer had defaulted on the conditions of sale.

But during this time, the building – previously referred to as the “peppermint palace” – has been left standing open and became a haven for drug dealing.

“Steps have been taken against the owners in terms of the Problem Building By-law,” says Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith.

Security guards were posted and fencing was installed following the building classification. However, more needs to be done, says Andrew Hamilton of the Muizenberg and Lakeside ratepayers’ association.

“I worked with the City’s problem buildings unit for some time, but they have been unresponsive lately. Ultimately I believe the City has not put enough pressure on the owner to do something about it,” he says.

He believes the building looks even worse now than it did a few years ago.

People’s Post was unable to reach the property owners for comment

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