Despatch: Government backed housing development

2017-11-09 06:01
Florida Heights layout

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Attracting low to middle income residents, the R1-billion first phase of the government-backed Florida Heights near Despatch, will see 1 020 housing units developed alongside community and mixed-use facilities.

The scheme, one of the “catalytic projects” identified by the national Department of Human Settlements throughout South Africa, is the first of its kind in the Eastern Cape.

“At all times, integrated developments should focus on the users it serves. This approach is fundamentally different from previous planning notions,” said one of the urban designers on the project, Clayton Johnson-Goddard.

“Integrated developments should create neighbourhoods and communities that serve and benefit each aspect of a person’s livelihood – whether it be work, live or play.”

Sakhisizwe is the developer behind the project. According to its chief executive William Charles, this is a critical and much-needed project for Nelson Mandela Bay.

The Bay has a total housing backlog of over 80 000 units, according to the national Housing Development Agency’s technical assessment framework report for the Florida Heights scheme.

Of the development, the agency’s report also outlines intended

benefits such as:

.Economic growth: “The construction sector will benefit from a development of this scale. The future incomes earned by these employees will translate into spending power benefiting businesses and entrepreneurs, not only in the area but the surrounding economies.”

.Traffic: “The existing road network will be upgraded in order to accommodate the additional traffic generated by the proposed development.

.Property values: “The area is well located in terms of places of employment and main transportation routes. This will also contribute to secure property values. It can be concluded that the proposed development will have a positive impact on property values in the area.”

Phase One will comprise 1 020 housing units and will include:

  • Commercial and mixed-use development opportunities, including space for space for a mall and other retail outlets
  • Landscaped public spaces
  • Community facilities including schools, churches and clinics

(Continue from p. 1)

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