Doubts raised over ben­e­fits of mega de­vel­op­ment

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - BULELWA PAYI

PREMIER ur­ban life­style de­vel­op­ers, the Amdec Group, an­nounced its mixed-use de­vel­op­ment in Cape Town’s CBD amid op­ti­mism and “a sense of pride”, but not ev­ery­one shares the sen­ti­ment.

Amdec said the new Har­bour Arch, mod­elled on Jo­han­nes­burg’s Mel­rose Arch, to be built at the con­flu­ence of the N1 and N2 and val­ued at around R10 bil­lion, would rein­vent the Cape Town Fore­shore and cre­ate thou­sands of job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Eight tow­ers are to be built across 5.8 hectares of land, with a mix of res­i­den­tial apart­ments, shops, life­style op­por­tu­ni­ties, two Mar­riott ho­tels, bou­tique of­fice space and street-level mo­tor deal­er­ships.

Amdec Group chief ex­ec­u­tive James Wil­son said con­struc­tion was ex­pected to start next year for com­ple­tion in 2020.

But some say the de­vel­op­ment will worsen Cape Town’s hous­ing cri­sis and called on Mayor Pa­tri­cia De Lille to put bind­ing con­di­tions on Har­bour Arch re­quir­ing them to in­clude af­ford­able hous­ing for res­i­dents on in­comes below R18 000.

“Like so many de­vel­op­ments be­ing con­structed in Cape Town right now, Har­bour Arch will be an­other ex­clu­sive en­clave cater­ing for the su­per wealthy, who are mostly white,” said Nd­i­funa Uk­wazi, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has been ad­vo­cat­ing an in­clu­sive city.

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An artist’s im­pres­sion of Har­bour Arch, which is ex­pected to change the face of the Fore­shore.

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