Af­ford­able hous­ing project kicks off

Plan start­ing this month for 4 000 fam­i­lies to live near CBD

Cape Argus - - FRONT PAGE - Ru­sana Phi­lan­der

THE COUNTDOWN has started for the City’s much an­tic­i­pated af­ford­able hous­ing project that will see 4 000 fam­i­lies housed in ar­eas close to the city cen­tre. The City said its af­ford­able hous­ing projects will start this month.

Ac­cord­ing to Brett Her­ron, may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for trans­port and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, af­ford­able hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties will be on well-lo­cated Ci­ty­owned land.

“The im­por­tance of this oc­ca­sion can­not be over­stated. De­vel­op­ing prime land for lower-in­come res­i­dents in Cape Town is a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion. These sites are less than 5km away from the Cape Town cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict,” Her­ron said at a cer­e­mony yes­ter­day .

“They are lo­cated within the Voortrekker Road Cor­ri­dor In­te­gra­tion Zone (VRCIZ) – one of three in­te­gra­tion zones where the City will, dur­ing our term of office, spend the bulk of our cap­i­tal bud­get on in­fra­struc­ture aimed to trans­form Cape Town’s spa­tial re­al­ity.”

Her­ron said the lo­ca­tion of these sites res­onates with the plan that the VRCIZ will link the Bel­lville, Mait­land, Parow, Good­wood and Salt River CBDs with the Cape Town CBD via Voortrekker Road.

“The de­vel­op­ment of 11 City-owned sites in Salt River, Wood­stock and the in­nercity for in­clu­sive and af­ford­able hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties must also as­sist us in pre­serv­ing the so­cial di­ver­sity and unique char­ac­ter of ar­eas like Wood­stock and Salt River in the midst of rapid ur­ban­i­sa­tion and ris­ing prop­erty prices.

“Fur­ther­more, it must ex­pe­dite the pro­vi­sion of af­ford­able hous­ing on well-lo­cated land close to work op­por­tu­ni­ties and pub­lic trans­port. We es­ti­mate that once com­pleted the de­vel­op­ments will ben­e­fit at least 4 000 lower-in­come house­holds,” Her­ron said.

Five City-owned sites will be made avail­able to the pri­vate sec­tor for the de­vel­op­ment . They are: erf 12814 in Pick­wick Road in Salt River – the site is ap­prox­i­mately 3.3ha and is a few hun­dred me­tres from Vic­to­ria Road where res­i­dents have ac­cess to minibus taxis and buses. There’s the Wood­stock Hos­pi­tal site in Vic­to­ria Walk – erf 14888 in New Mar­ket Street; the site is 8 483m² and is sit­u­ated next to the MyCiTi bus route. The third is erf 5667 in Can­ter­bury Street in the in­ner city.

“In ad­di­tion, three sites have al­ready been al­lo­cated to so­cial hous­ing in­sti­tu­tions for the de­vel­op­ment of so­cial hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The statu­tory land-use ap­pli­ca­tions are un­der way and we ex­pect con­struc­tion to start in due course: two er­ven along Pine Road and six er­ven along Dil­lon Lane. The Pine Road de­vel­op­ment will start first, with the Dil­lon Lane de­vel­op­ment as the se­cond phase.

“The Salt River Mar­ket in Al­bert Road will be a mixed-use de­vel­op­ment with a com­bi­na­tion of af­ford­able hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties – from so­cial hous­ing (sub­sidised rental units for house­holds with a monthly in­come of less than R15 000) to GAP rental hous­ing (for house­holds with a monthly in­come of be­tween R3 500 and R20 000) to re­tail and office space,” Her­ron said.

He added that two sites have been iden­ti­fied for Cape Town’s first in­ner-city tran­si­tional hous­ing project: the de­vel­op­ment of a por­tion of the Pick­wick site, on the cor­ner of Pick­wick and Cop­per­field roads in Salt River, for tran­si­tional or semi-per­ma­nent hous­ing (de­vel­op­ment will ini­tially house res­i­dents who are now liv­ing on the Pine Road site) and er­ven 12010 and 12011 in James Street in Salt River will be de­vel­oped as tran­si­tional hous­ing for res­i­dents now liv­ing at the Salt River Mar­ket.

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