Tender takes shape

2017-09-12 06:00

The awarding of a tender for the redevelopment of the Clifton precinct, which includes Maiden’s Cove, is being finalised.

This was confirmed by Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, after concerns were raised by community organisations at a recent ward 54 committee meeting that the tender had already been awarded.

In 2015, the council decided to, in principle, support the sale or lease of sections of four erven, referred to as the Clifton garages. The approval and possible sale, as well as the public participation process carried out, has seen the City of Cape Town come under fire from various organisations (“Community slams City decision”, People’s Post, 9 June 2015).

The City-owned land between the Clifton bungalows and Camps Bay – which includes the Glen Country Club, Maiden’s Cove, a sports oval and garages for bungalow residents – is regarded by the City to be in a degraded state and provides somewhat limited access to the oceanfront for residents and visitors, Ian Neilson, Mayco member for finance, previously told People’s Post.

The proposal suggests the sale of land for the possible development of a three-storey parking lot and over 25 000m² of retail space. It also looks at rationalising the facilities at the Glen Country Club and the bungalows restaurant area.

Media reports have estimated the development is worth R1.5bn.

The tender was advertised in March last year, and eight tenders were received by the deadline in June last year.

The tender evaluation process is currently being concluded and an announcement will be made once the process has been finalised, Herron says.

“Some of the key components [in the tender] are the development of residential stands, commercial opportunities and mixed-use opportunities,” he says.

“The successful bidder will be obliged to upgrade or rehabilitate existing public infrastructure, as well as to provide new public infrastructure, among which boardwalks between Camps Bay and Clifton.”


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