Four City sites put forward for reinvention

2019-08-13 06:01

The City of Cape Town is considering making available four underused City-owned sites to the private sector for carbon-neutral mixed-use.

The underused sites are located close to public transport services in Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain, Diep River, and Goodwood, and could also be repurposed for transit-oriented development.

The proposal is the result of the City’s participation in the second round of the C40 Reinventing Cities Programme, a worldwide competition for carbon-neutral developments. The purpose of the programme is to transform underused urban sites into beacons of zero carbon emissions and resilient development.

The second round of the C40 Reinventing Cities Programme will be launched in Copenhagen in October this year.

The City has asked Capetonians to comment on the proposal and to submit their feedback by 8 September. “Also, we want to see proposals that address urban sustainability and include features that will address water and energy conservation,” said Marian Nieuwoudt, Mayco member for spatial planning and environment.

The proposed sites are:

. Athlone station car park opposite the entrance to the Athlone train station. This site comprises of 3.7ha. Apart from being close to the station, the area is well-served by minibus-taxis and about 8km from the Cape Town central business district.

. Kapteinsklip station precinct in Mitchell’s Plain. It is located to the north and south of Baden Powell Drive at the intersections of Eisleben and Weltevreden roads. It comprises of 30.6ha. The site includes underused car parks and undeveloped open spaces and is located on the False Bay coast close to the Mnandi resort and the Kapteinsklip train station.

. Moquet Farm in Diep River. The site is on the intersection of Main and Kendal roads and comprises of 2.1ha. The rail station is a block away, and the site is ideal for higher density mixed-use development.

. Tygerdal site at the Montevista station, Goodwood. The site comprises of 7.6ha. It is close to major retail and commercial centres. The site is ideal for a mixed-use transit-oriented development and could include different tenure options and housing opportunities to a wide range of income groups.

“We have chosen these sites because it will contribute to dense, transit-oriented growth and development along integration corridors.

“We want to create more inclusive communities with access to improved services, job opportunities, and affordable housing and public transport,” said Nieuwoudt.

Together, these sites cover approximately 40ha. The combined market value of the sites is R316 million. “By making available the sites to the private sector for development we can ignite much needed urban renewal in these areas, economic growth, and job creation,” added Nieuwoudt.

She said sites were also ideal for high-density housing as they were close to train stations, minibus-taxi services, and bus stops.

“Should we decide to go ahead, we want to see developments that include high-density housing opportunities across a wide range of typologies, tenures and incomes. It must be affordable and could be balanced with commercial and public uses. Whatever is proposed must enhance the urban environment and improve the quality of life for residents from the area. It must be safe, convenient, and attractive,” said Nieuwoudt.

Should the City decide to make the land available for development, the bidders will need to submit design proposals that minimise the amount of energy a building uses for heating, cooling, hot water, lighting, ventilation, electrical services, and so forth. The projects will have to reduce energy demand, use energy efficiently, and use renewable energy, or low-carbon energy.

V To comment on the proposal or for more information, visit www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay. More information is also available at all subcouncil offices and libraries across Cape Town.

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