Upgrade plans for hotel

2015-05-19 06:00

Changes may be on the cards for a Green Point hotel, as locals speculate on social media about the possible demolition of a heritage building.

An application to demolish a building older than 60 years has been made as part of a redevelopment plan for the Sleep Easy Hotel.

Green Point Ratepayers’ Association spokesperson Luke Stevens says the application is in progress and the organisation was approached by the architects for a contribution.

The association suggests incorporating the heritage building into the development, Stevens says, and hopes the development will take on board all their suggestions, as the demolition application seems “premature”.

A report released by the association stated over 300 Western Cape heritage buildings were demolished in 16 months (“Sites under microscope”, People’s Post, 20 January), based on numbers obtained from Heritage Western Cape.

The organisation recently challenged an appeal by the owners of 8 Romney Road, a 108-year-old home, against a ruling that it may not be demolished to make way for a multi-storey development. However, the appeal was upheld, and the demolition permit was granted.

A manager of the hotel, who requested not to be identified, says the demolition permit is still pending.

“The owners would just like to know the potential of the erf but won’t demolish it for no good reason because it costs a lump sum to demolish and even more to build,” he says.

He adds that there are no concrete plans to demolish the building, although expanding the hotel has been discussed for several years. This would be to link the two buildings, he says.

“Nothing will be done to the building, at least not for another few years. We don’t even have a demolishing permit. The building holds some heritage value, but none that can be identified as of any importance,” he says.

He estimates building will not take place for at least five years.

“Of course, everything will go according to the council’s strict requirements and procedures if we ever do so,” he says.

The building is situated behind the hotel and is not easily visible from the street.

Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, says the City has received no applications for any development.

“The building is in a heritage area and any demolitions would require the necessary applications for evaluation,” he says

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