Plans to restore buildings

2017-06-20 06:01
One of the buildings in Ebor Road that will be returned to its former glory if the managing agents have their way: Tiyese JERANJI

One of the buildings in Ebor Road that will be returned to its former glory if the managing agents have their way: Tiyese JERANJI

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One of the problem buildings in Ebor Road, Wynberg will be returned to its former glory – a factory – if the buildings’ managing agent has his way.

Number 4 Ebor Road will be restored if the people there move out.

The Ebor Road buildings have had tongues wagging for years as residents believed the buildings attracted the wrong crowds and contributed to the crime in the area.

After People’s Post reported on the five problem buildings in that road last month, Jonathan Katz, managing agent for some of the buildings, invited People’s Post out to say they are doing their best to make sure that the problem at number three and four under their management will be sorted out.

Katz explains that in November 2015 there were people who were given a commercial lease as they wanted to use one of the buildings as a church.

“They were given the lease and they made about 20 sublets rooms. Following the contravening of the lease we wanted to remove them and it has been an uphill battle. In March 2016 we got a court order to evict them. We had a sheriff of the court putting people out with their belongings but the people who were leasing the place ran to court and they were granted permission to go back in. We had to start the process of getting them out all over again. We have been in and out of court to get them out. Since then their argument is that they never had enough time to move out so they can’t move,” he says.

“The absurdity of it all is that we have been trying to get them out since 2015. They have not paid rent or water since then and the arrears are just over R410 000. The City of Cape Town shuts water and reopens it. At the same time we are still being fined by the City for these people. We are doing our best to rectify the problem. The City should not be fining us. We email a lot but still we are struggling,” says Katz.

Residents complain the recycling depot contributes to the crime and dirt in the area, but Katz disagrees.

“The dirt is not from the recycling depot; actually the owner helps with cleaning. We have asked the owners of the Grand Central not to put out the bins because other people go through them, leaving the mess and the people from the recycling place have to clean. We are doing our best with the building and we will have the problem sorted out,” he says.

Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), says they are aware of the problem building.

“It has been declared a problem building in terms of the Problem Building Bylaw. The building appears to have been abandoned by the owner, with the consequence that rates or other service charges are not being paid. The building is also derelict in appearance.”

Katz says that one day when they manage to get the illegal residents out they have plans for the place.

“The owners want it to be restored to a factory that it always was. The whole area was more commercial; and we intend to do that.’’


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