Im­prove­ment dis­trict leads the way in win­ning Wyn­berg

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

AS WITH a num­ber of other Cape Town sub­urbs, Wyn­berg has in­tro­duced an im­prove­ment dis­trict to sup­ple­ment mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices and com­bat crime and grime.

“The re­vival of Wyn­berg be­gan in 2000 with the in­tro­duc­tion of Wyn­berg Im­prove­ment Dis­trict (WID),a spe­cial rat­ing area which man­ages the grow­ing com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial area of Wyn­berg. The lead­er­ship of an ac­tive board and strong man­age­ment has en­sured a suc­cess­ful and fo­cused ap­proach to the growth of Wyn­berg,” says WID man­ager Athol Swan­son

“Since its for­ma­tion the area un­der the con­trol of WID has been ex­tended twice. The 2006 ex­ten­sion in­cor­po­rated the Wyn­berg Old Vil­lage – a her­itage con­ser­va­tion area – and re­cently, in Fe­bru­ary the dis­trict was ex­tended fur­ther along the south­ern busi­ness area of the Main Road.

“Cru­cial to the board and man­age­ment of WID has been the safety and se­cu­rity of shop­pers, res­i­dents and busi­ness. The ex­tent of the suc­cesses of the WID poli­cies can be seen in the new and re-de­vel­op­ment of busi­ness prop­erty as well as the growth of in­vest­ment in the area,” says Swan­son.

“For ex­am­ple, the up­grade of the May­nard Mall shop­ping cen­tre by the Rede­fine Group has been com­pleted. The chair­man of HomeChoice, Rick Gar­ratt, showed be­lief in Wyn­berg when he bought the South­ern Cross Hos­pi­tal and con­verted it into A Grade Of­fices, adding a sixth ex­ec­u­tive floor. He made this the firm’s cor­po­rate head quar­ters bring­ing 700 ac­tive busi­ness peo­ple to Wyn­berg which has stim­u­lated re­tail growth.”

Speak­ing at a re­cent WID monthly break­fast, Gar­ratt said he was so con­fi­dent in the sub­urb’s fu­ture that he has in­vested mil­lions in the area and is ex­pand­ing into a sec­ond prop­erty which the com­pany re­cently pur­chased.

“I am tak­ing a long-term view of the fu­ture and we are happy with our in­vest­ment. The staff wanted to be near shop­ping and trans­port and the park­ing is good. HomeChoice re­cently com­pleted a large ex­ten­sion to the head of­fice build­ing as well as a show­room in Main Road.”

The Leisure Group has in­vested R230 mil­lion in Wyn­berg to de­velop res­i­den­tial units. Pick n Pay built a new store which opened in Main Road in 2011. McDon­alds re­stored a run­down and ne­glected na­tional mon­u­ment and con­verted it into one of its new look stores in Main Road.

My Do­main has trans­formed a pre­vi­ously ne­glected build­ing to pro­vide stu­dent

‘Good schools,

ac­com­mo­da­tion near pub­lic trans­port, with 24 hour concierge and se­cu­rity, a free shut­tle ser­vice, free wifi, an on­site gym and a laun­dry, se­cure un­der­ground park­ing, com­mu­nal so­cial space. Stu­dents al­ready in res­i­dence in­clude the West­ern Prov­ince Rugby Academy pupils, says Swan­son.

“Good schools, af­ford­able hous­ing and easy ac­cess are draw­ing fam­i­lies to Wyn­berg. The May­nardville Park is one of the finest in Cape Town. Home to an his­toric open air the­atre which hosts Shake­spear­ian plays and mu­si­cal con­certs; a well-equipped and safe play­ground for chil­dren; com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and a place where peo­ple can pic­nic,” says Swan­son.

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