York Hos­tel in mu­ni­ci­pal sig­hts

George Herald - - News -

A­li­da de Beer

A­de­re­lict buil­ding in the CBD may at last be put to good use. In se­arch of suit­a­ble of­fi­ce spa­ce in the CBD to ac­com­mo­da­te the Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty's gro­wing s­taff com­ple­ment, the Ge­or­ge Coun­cil is con­si­de­ring the op­ti­on of a­cqui­ring York Hos­tel on the cor­ner of Mar­ket and Cra­dock streets.

The hos­tel, which be­longs to the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Pu­blic Works, has been stan­ding emp­ty for mo­re than 10 y­e­ars. In his ad­dress at a coun­cil meet­ing on 26 Sep­tem­ber, Ma­yor Mel­vin Naik said the York Hos­tel is i­de­al­ly si­tu­a­ted for of­fi­ces. The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty has ex­pres­sed its in­te­rest to a­cqui­re the pre­mi­ses on ma­ny oc­ca­si­ons. Va­ri­ous let­ters ha­ve been sent to the de­part­ment and furt­her enga­ge­ments ha­ve ta­ken pla­ce. "The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty is cur­rent­ly wai­ting for Pu­blic Works to con­firm w­hen furt­her dis­cus­si­ons will com­men­ce, w­he­re­af­ter the mat­ter will be ex­pe­di­ted."

In A­pril t­his y­e­ar, S­te­phen Heyns, acting com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons he­ad at Pu­blic Works, told the Ge­or­ge He­rald that the We­stern Ca­pe He­alth De­part­ment and Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty had put for­ward "cle­ar ex­pres­si­ons of in­te­rest in u­sing the pro­per­ty". At the ti­me he was re­spon­ding to a que­ry re­gar­ding the Li­ons Club that had ho­ped to use the buil­ding as of­fi­ces and a ba­se from w­he­re it could de­li­ver ser­vi­ces to the com­mu­ni­ty.

The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty is al­so in­ves­ti­ga­ting two ot­her op­ti­ons to ex­pand - Do­ne­rai­le Hou­se in Do­ne­rai­le S­treet and the for­mer Ab­sa buil­ding (next to the SA Re­ve­nue Ser­vi­ces) in York S­treet.

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