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Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:26

Affordable social housing planned for inner City

To meet the growing need for housing as well as to rejuvenate the inner city and attract key investment, a number of prime locations within the inner city have been earmarked for social housing.

This follows the tabling of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee report, which outlined the sites to be released for social housing, at an Executive Committee meeting held on 24 July. The identified sites include:

• Star Seaside Children’s Home on the corner of Playfair and Milneux Road,
• Tennis Table Building, namely Lot 3405 and Lot 3406 at 2 Epsom Road,
• Umngeni Road, south of Isaiah Ntshangase Road and east of Umngeni Road,
• Drive-In Site, south of Sandile Thusi Road, west of Sylvester Ntuli Road,
• Albert Park, north of Margaret Mncadi Avenue and south of Diakonia Avenue,
• Victoria Park, north of Baumann Road and south of Gresham Place,
• Warwick Bus Depot, Ismail C Meer Street and east of Market Road and,
• Block AK, west of Gladys Manzi Road, south of Osborne Street and north of Ascot Road.

The tabled report grants authority to enter into long-term leases for the properties for an initial period of 30 years with an option to renew for a further 20 years. The properties will also be appropriately rezoned to accommodate the proposed development.

Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Mondli Mthembu said this project seeks to regenerate the inner city to return economic development to the region.

“We want to bring investment back to the inner city that has moved to the northern and western suburbs. This project will bring much needed economic growth to the City,” said Councillor Mthembu.

Deputy City Manager of the Human Settlements, Engineering and Transport Cluster Beryl Mphakathi said there are currently 60 000 to 70 000 people currently living in the inner city adding that by 2040 there will be 450 000 people residing in the inner city.

“The City needs to plan ahead for this. This development will be a mixed-use, mixed-income development where economic activity will also take place,” she added.

EThekwini Municipality News/Charmel Payet

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