V&A’S grand plans for Granger Bay

Land may be re­claimed from sea Madiba unites us even from his sick bed – Tutu

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MA­JOR new de­vel­op­ment is on the cards for the V&A Wa­ter­front with plans for Granger Bay al­ready at the pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion stage, and pos­si­bly in­clud­ing land recla­ma­tion, new lux­ury hous­ing, a ho­tel and the con­nec­tion of the Wa­ter­front pedes­trian routes with ex­ist­ing city walk­ways such as the Sea Point prom­e­nade.

Al­though tight-lipped about the specifics, the V&A has ad­mit­ted that a zon­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for the Granger Bay precinct has been sub­mit­ted.

They have promised that other Granger Bay op­er­a­tors, who have in the past clashed with Wa­ter­front own­ers over the fu­ture of the precinct, will be filled in on all the de­tails if the plans are ap­proved.

Wa­ter­front spokes­woman Carla White con­firmed they were at the “pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion stage”.

The goal was to im­prove the area, im­prove ac­cess to the Wa­ter­front, and “sta­bilise and re­in­force the dy­namic coast­line”, she said.

While the plans of pre­vi­ous own­ers, first mooted in 2005, in­cluded re­claim­ing huge chunks of land from the sea, cre­at­ing man­made is­lands for the su­per-rich and clos­ing the Oceana Power Boat Club, it is un­der­stood the new plans might in­clude the recla­ma­tion and re­in­force­ment of the bay area near Granger Bay.

The mixed- use plan would in­clude de­vel­op­ment on Beach Road with MyCiTi bus stops and the pos­si­bil­ity of con­nect­ing the Wa­ter­front’s pedes­trian routes with ex­ist­ing city walk­ways.

Of the 660 000m2 of land owned by the Wa­ter­front, about 200 000m2 has yet to be de­vel­oped and plans for the Granger Bay precinct cur­rently in­clude a mixed use de­vel­op­ment of about 34 000m2.

Its de­vel­op­ment by pre­vi­ous own­ers of the Wa­ter­front ran into con­tro­versy eight years ago be­cause they re­quired the re­moval of the Oceana Power Boat Club which has been in Granger Bay for more than 30 years.

The club’s com­modore, Colin Wolf­sohn, said this week he was aware of the new plans, but was un­able to elab­o­rate fur­ther ex­cept to say that de­tails would be re­vealed at a later stage.

Wa­ter­front busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Mike Bro­ken­shire said they had got the ball rolling in the long process of gain­ing per­mis­sion to de­velop more land, with a view to im­prov­ing the Granger Bay precinct.

But the de­vel­op­ment was un­likely to take place in the “short to medium term”, he said, adding that Granger Bay had al­ways been listed in the de­vel­op­ment frame­work as “pri­mar­ily res­i­den­tial” – which could in­clude a ho­tel and/or small-scale re­tail or com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The V& A Wa­ter­front had al­ready ap­plied for ap­proval of a broad precinct plan, which formed part of the “over­ar­ch­ing V& A Wa­ter­front de­vel­op­ment frame­work”.

Bro­ken­shire said it was too early to de­ter­mine the im­pact the ap­proved plans would have on other op­er­a­tors in the area.

If the plans were ap­proved, he said, “all in­for­ma­tion will be shared with th­ese busi­nesses”.

The Wa­ter­front did not re­spond to ques­tions about the costs as­so­ci­ated with the ex­pected de­vel­op­ment.

Cheryl Wal­ters, the di­rec­tor of plan­ning and build­ing de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment for the City of Cape Town, told Week­end Ar­gus in April that no plans for de­vel­op­ment of the Granger Bay precinct had been sub­mit­ted by the Wa­ter­front but a “precinct plan pro­posal” had been sub­mit­ted in terms of the “pack­age of plans for the V&A Wa­ter­front”.

This pro­posal de­tailed a “wa­ter­front res­i­den­tial ma­rina”, with a to­tal floor area of 34 000m2. The ARCH­BISHOP Emer­i­tus Des­mond Tutu vis­ited for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela in the Medi­clinic Heart Hos­pi­tal in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day, speak­ing af­ter­wards about how the ail­ing el­der states­man had united the na­tion.

“We have a spe­cial gift in a man who can unite not only South Africa but the world, even from his sick bed.”

Tutu also vis­ited a wall fea­tur­ing mes­sages of sup­port for Man­dela be­fore speak­ing to me­dia gath­ered out­side. He said the coun­try needed to give thanks to God for the gift of an in­cred­i­ble man like Madiba.

“He in­spired us to be­come a great coun­try, and the world to be­come com­pas­sion­ate,” he said.

Tutu said the iconic leader, spend­ing his 42nd day in hos­pi­tal to­day with a re­cur­ring lung in­fec­tion, had been asleep. He had man­aged to hold his hand.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesman Mac Ma­haraj said last night that there was noth­ing fur­ther to re­port on Madiba’s con­di­tion.

Tutu, mean­while, praised Man­dela’s cur­rent and for­mer wives.

“I am hum­bled by the re­la­tion­ship and give thanks to a won­der­ful Graca in giv­ing him joy in later years. I also sa­lute Win­nie for be­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary dur­ing hard times,” said Tutu.

He de­scribed the Man­dela fam­ily as won­der­ful. Speak­ing about Man­dela’s 67 min­utes, Tutu said the coun­try could give one gift to Madiba.

“The gift is to stop lit­ter­ing for the en­tire year,” he said as he chuck­led.

Yes­ter­day was not as busy as other days out­side the hos­pi­tal, with a de­creased me­dia con­tin­gent and a few pupils read­ing mes­sages from well-wish­ers. – Sapa

en­vis­aged land uses in­cluded res­i­den­tial, ho­tel, of­fice and re­tail land uses, Wal­ters said.

The city has not re­sponded to fur­ther ques­tions on the plans.

Mean­while, Jane Lello, the mar­ket­ing man­ager for The Grand Beach restau­rant, said that de­spite per­sis­tent ru­mours of their clo­sure, they had not been served no­tice. Their lease runs un­til 2017.

She be­lieved the pro­posed de­vel­op­ments would ben­e­fit the busi­ness.

Anya Pon­ton, the gen­eral man­ager of the up­mar­ket apart­ment and yacht har­bour com­plex, the Wa­ter Club, which is next to un­de­vel­oped Wa­ter­front land ex­tend­ing to the seafront, said the Wa­ter Club could to an ex­tent be af­fected by any po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ments.

She con­firmed there had been dis­cus­sions.

Bro­ken­shire said that the im­pact of de­vel­op­ment at the V&A Wa­ter­front had al­ways been pos­i­tive “in terms of value-add and job cre­ation”.

When the PIC and Growth­point bought the Wa­ter­front in 2011, the R9 bil­lion deal in­cluded all the un­de­vel­oped bulk, which at the time was more than 200 000m2, with flex­i­ble rights for use.

Since tak­ing own­er­ship, the new own­ers have fo­cused heav­ily on de­vel­op­ment, in­vest­ing in the Clock Tower, the Silo Precinct as well as the re­de­vel- op­ment of the food court.

The Silo 1 build­ing, a com­mer­cial of­fice space, is un­der con­struc­tion and will house Al­lan Gray as the main ten­ant. The Silo 2 pro­ject will be a res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, while the an­nounce­ment for the use of the ac­tual grain silo, a her­itage build­ing, has yet to be made, with con­struc­tion on that build­ing start­ing next year.

“The Clock Tower precinct cur­rently houses No 1 and No 2 Silo re­spec­tively, and com­ple­tion of th­ese two projects is im­mi­nent,” Bro­ken­shire said.

Fo­cus would then shift to the Portswood Build­ing, which was set for a res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

Work was likely to start around Septem­ber.

The Cape Ar­gus re­ported yes­ter­day that the City of Cape Town had heeded con­cerns about the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of the Clock Tower Precinct and its his­toric grain silo com­plex, by lay­ing down strict con­di­tions.

Many of the 30-odd ob­jec­tions lodged about the de­vel­op­ment, it said, re­ferred to fears that ad­di­tional build­ings would ob­scure the grain silo com­plex.

The Wa­ter­front con­firmed that they were cur­rently ex­plor­ing a num­ber of ideas and op­tions for the grain silo and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

JULY 20 2013

PIC­TURE: GALLO IM­AGES

FINE FORM: JP Du­miny plays a shot dur­ing a prac­tice ses­sion at the Pre­madasa Sta­dium in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yes­ter­day. South Africa and Sri Lanka will play five ODIs and three Twen­ty20s in Sri Lanka start­ing to­day. See sports sec­tion

PIC­TURE: BREN­TON GEACH

CHANG­ING TIMES: THE Oceana Power­boat Club slip­way in Granger Bay.

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