Update on City housing projects

2020-02-11 06:01

In answer to criticism from the public on the City of Cape Town’s decision to renew the Rondebosch Golf Club lease, the City says it remains dedicated to providing housing opportunities in all of the central business districts.

“And not only the Cape Town CBD, Salt River and Woodstock,” says Mayco member for human settlements, Malusi Booi.

“But also in smaller inner-cities such as Bellville, Parow, Khayelitsha, Claremont, Mitchell’s Plain, Wynberg and Plumstead.”

Booi says the City recognises the dire need for housing opportunities situated on well-located land, close to employment opportunities and economic nodes.

“There are no quick fixes, but we are committed to building integrated communities with different types of residential developments based on a mix of income groups and circumstances,” he adds.

Social housing is one of the avenues the City is exploring to provide more affordable housing opportunities. Some such projects under way include:

. Salt River Market: The development of this site, located in central Cape Town, could deliver 850 housing units, which include Gap-market and social housing. The final number of units will be influenced by design development that is a characteristic of developments in general.

. Pine Road and Dillon Lane: On 27 August 2019, the City’s mayoral committee recommended to council for approval the sale of vacant land in Pine Road and Dillon Lane.

The site is proposed for development by a social housing company.

In May 2019, residents who were living in the informal settlement in Pine Road were moved to the Pickwick transitional housing site, making available the land in Pine Road to provide approximately 240 social housing (affordable rental) opportunities for families in need.

. The Fruit and Veg, and New Market Street: The City will be facilitating the rezoning applications for the Fruit and Veg site in Roeland Street and a site in New Market Street.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the rezoning applications when they are submitted to the City’s planning department for processing.

. Woodstock Hospital: A feasibility analysis for the redevelopment of the Woodstock Hospital which includes the adjacent public open space was commissioned.

“The City continues to assess City-owned land, including suitable land in and near the Cape Town CBD and other urban centres, to determine whether some of these properties could be developed for affordable housing opportunities,” says Booi.

In answer to criticism from the public on the City of Cape Town’s decision to renew the Rondebosch Golf Club lease, the City says it remains dedicated to providing housing opportunities in all of the central business districts. “And not only the Cape Town CBD, Salt River and Woodstock,” says Mayco member for human settlements, Malusi Booi.

“But also in smaller inner-cities such as Bellville, Parow, Khayelitsha, Claremont, Mitchell’s Plain, Wynberg and Plumstead.”

Booi says the City recognises the dire need for housing opportunities situated on well-located land, close to employment opportunities and economic nodes.

“There are no quick fixes, but we are committed to building integrated communities with different types of residential developments based on a mix of income groups and circumstances,” he adds.

Social housing is one of the avenues the City is exploring to provide more affordable housing opportunities.

Some such projects still under way include:

. Salt River Market: The development of this site, located in central Cape Town, could deliver 850 housing units, which include Gap-market and social housing.

. Pine Road and Dillon Lane: On 27 August 2019, the City’s mayoral committee recommended to council for approval the sale of vacant land in Pine Road and Dillon Lane.

. The Fruit and Veg, and New Market Street: The City will be facilitating the rezoning applications for the Fruit and Veg site in Roeland Street and a site in New Market Street.

. Woodstock Hospital: A feasibility analysis for the redevelopment of the Woodstock Hospital which includes the adjacent public open space was commissioned.

“The City continues to assess City-owned land to determine whether some of these properties could be developed for affordable housing opportunities,” says Booi.

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