Bidding opened for Conradie

2018-04-24 06:00

“The developer procurement period was extended, which has resulted in delays,” says Siphesihle Dube, the provincial government spokesperson, explaining the delays in the Conradie Better Living Model project.

Last year, the provincial government stated that groundbreaking of the R6m Conradie development in Pinelands was due to start this month.

However, they only issued calls for bids in March. “We deemed it prudent to return to market as the risks for potential developers have now been substantially reduced. This includes the approval of our rezoning application subject to the mandatory appeals process, including Infrastructure grant funding that has firmed up substantially, increases and improvements to the social housing grants and associated conditions respectively­.”

Property developers, both local and international, are invited to submit their proposals by Monday 21 May. The finalisation of the appointment of the suitable developer is expected to take place later this year.

“Entities who attended the compulsory session are eligible to submit development proposals by the closing date. At least one suitably experienced and fully-accredited social housing institution must be included in the developer’s project delivery structure,” says Dube.

He says the development will result in the improvement of surrounding road infrastructure and the construction of additional road infrastructure and signalling. Dube says additional road-based public transport will be introduced past the site and rail-based infrastructure improvements have been planned for stations in the immediate vicinity.

“Pedestrian and cycle routes will be constructed from the site to the surrounding areas and public transport nodes,” he adds.

Mayco member for transport and urban development Brett Herron says transport impact studies are done if the City of Cape Town’s Development Management Department deems the development to be of a scale and nature that may have significant traffic impacts. “With this specific application, a transport impact study was done and submitted as part of the development application. The development application has been following due process. The application was considered and approved by the Municipal Planning Tribunal on October 2017, subject to conditions that include the traffic mitigation measures identified in the traffic impact study. The subsequent appeals that were received will be considered by the Mayoral Advisory Panel soon.”

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