Glass top on Melck warehouse can go up

2015-11-10 06:00

Plans for a modern glass building on top of the historical Martin Melck warehouse in Bree Street have been given the green light.

The City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee decided plans by the owners of the building are “consistent with the council’s policy and spatial planning”.

The decision comes after members of the council’s committee on spatial planning, environment and land use (Spelum) rejected the development.

The next step, following the rejection by Spelum, was for the mayoral committee to take a final decision.

The committee decided to support the application as the proposal does not have an adverse impact on the heritage of the building and the revised proposal for the development is more sensitive to the historical context.

The building is also deteriorating and it is the owners’ wish to restore it, and the committee believes the new development will breathe new life into the area.

The proposal was also approved by the South African Heritage Resource Agency and Heritage Western Cape.

The application includes requests to allow an overhanging canopy or balcony in Waterkant Steet and for a building closer than 5m from the street.

The application was submitted to the City a year ago, as a reworked version of an earlier proposal to build a new building on top of the Melck warehouse.

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