‘Palace’ to become minty fresh

2016-10-18 06:00

A new developer has taken over the notorious “peppermint palace” on Muizenberg’s Main Road.

This follows reports of an increase in crime, suspected to be coming from the property. The property, which formed part of a deceased estate, was due to be auctioned in May.

The building has been an eyesore for community members (“Building still not complete after 5 years”, People’s Post, 22 September 2015). There are calls for the unfinished development, Le Diamante, to be attended to.

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.

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

Ward councillor Aimee Kuhl confirms the building inspector has been in contact with the representatives of the deceased owner.

“The building has been sold to a developer. This will finally change the derelict building into a space that will add value to the community instead of being an ongoing safety risk. I will be meeting with the developer and representatives of the City to discuss a concrete way forward. We appreciate the patience the community has displayed in this ongoing saga and hope to get things going on site as soon as possible.”

Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith previously told People’s Post that steps have been taken against the owners in terms of the Problem Building Bylaw. Security guards were posted and fencing was installed following the building’s official classification as a problem building.

However, recent media reports state that crime, especially theft out of cars, was emanating from the building and that there were a handful of people living at the derelict property.

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