V&A takes over Amway parking

2017-09-05 06:02

A derelict parking area will be given a new lease on life, as the City of Cape Town strikes an agreement with the V&A Waterfront.

Referred to as the Amway parking, the area bounded by Buitengracht, Bain and Stanley streets will be signed over to the Waterfront for 10 years from October.

Ward councillor Dave Bryant says the site has posed numerous safety and social concerns over the years. “I have received confirmed reports of dumping, drug dealing, illegal structures and drug use at the site. I recall a very disturbing incident a couple of years back where a homeless woman who was addicted to drugs tried to kill her own baby at the site. Luckily our teams managed to intervene and the baby was taken to a place of safety,” he says.

It is hoped the new lease will put a stop to these concerns.

Stuart Diamond, Mayco member for assets and facilities management, says the property will be used for parking.“The applicant purchased the adjacent properties in 2014 and intends to redevelop [them] for retail and office usage. The properties are required to accommodate parking for their tenants. This is non-viable City land as there is a road scheme traversing the proposed lease area. The applicant has been advised that should the City require the land for development purposes (such as the development of the foreshore freeway precinct), the lease agreement will contain a notice clause giving the City the right to cancel the agreement.”

Donald Kau, V&A Waterfront spokesperson confirmed the Waterfront had applied to manage the Amway parking area. “The area directly borders V&A Waterfront property, and we would take a keen interest in the area’s upkeep should the City grant our lease application,” he says.

Bryant adds: “The City has a very good working relationship with the Waterfront and they have proven their willingness to partner in addressing safety and social issues around their sites. I am confident they will be able to deliver a safe, clean and well-functioning parking environment which has been so desperately needed at this space up until now.”


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