Alma Marist Sports Club agrees to plan for three vil­lages along­side cricket oval

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

SEV­ERAL years of lis­ten­ing to res­i­dents’ con­cer ns ended re­cently when Paul Henry, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Raw­son De­vel­op­ers, an­nounced that ne­go­ti­a­tions with the pre­sid­ing com­mit­tee of the his­tor­i­cal Alma Marist Sports Club in Park Road, Ron­de­bosch, had borne fruit.

The com­mit­tee and res­i­dents have agreed to Raw­son’s much-amended plan to de­velop the three-hectare site for town­houses.

“The de­vel­op­ment will not im­pinge in any way on the ex­ist­ing cricket pitch or the spec­ta­tors’ space. Also, the club will be re­build­ing the club­house at the cost of about R3.5 mil­lion, mak­ing it more so­phis­ti­cated and lux­u­ri­ous. The club­house will have its own large heated swim­ming pool and the bowl­ing green will be kept in op­er­a­tion,” says Henry.

The pared-down plan will have 42 town­houses in three se­cu­rity vil­lages. Bio­met­ri­cally con­trolled ac­cess will in­clude fin­ger­print recog­ni­tion.

The dou­ble- storey town­houses will vary in size from 190m² to 240m².

“Homes in this de­vel­op­ment have been de­signed to cater for a modern life­style – they bring the out­doors in­side by hav­ing en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas that are cov­ered but pro­trude into gar­dens,” says Henry.

“The style of ar­chi­tec­ture is time­less, with ver­ti­cally pro­por­tioned win­dows and doors, and a mix­ture of hipped and gabled roofs cou­pled with leanto sec­ondary forms.

“There will be two types of roof­ing, fi­bre ce­ment slate and cor­ru­gated pro­file Chro­madek sheet­ing. To­gether with a pal­ette of wall colours and dif­fer­ent roof shapes, they will help cre­ate a va­ri­ety of com­ple­men­tary Cape styles.

“We knew the de­mand here would be good as there is a huge short­age of af­ford­able se­cu­rity life­style apart­ments in the south­ern sub­urbs, but it’s grat­i­fy­ing that the Alma Marist Club will get a new lease on life from this project and will never need to sell off land.

“Raw­son De­vel­op­ers is in the for­tu­nate po­si­tion of have full or­der books for the next three years and more, which has helped us achieve one of our ma­jor pri­or­i­ties – the con­tin­ued em­ploy­ment of our large work­force.”

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