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City of Cape Town approves the controversial sale of Clifton land where La Med used to be
Posted by on Jun 4th, 2015

Remember back in February i told you about the proposed sale of the iconic piece of Clifton land where La Med used to be (now the Bungalow restaurant), the Glen Country Club plus bowling lawns, the tennis courts and cricket field? Well the City of Cape Town has approved the controversial sale. The city previously said the sale will result in the probable development of an underground parking garage with 750 bays and 2750m² of commercial retail space with an anchor tenant (which i’m guessing is gonna be a Woolworths) and a possible residential complex. The Bungalow restaurant will be relocated apparently.

According to Ian Neilson, City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor, the city council has approved the sale and/or lease of sections of four erven located in this area known as the Clifton Precinct and has suggested that it be developed for residential opportunities, an underground parking garage, retail facilities, and uses ancillary to these facilities as well as the redevelopment and relocation of sports facilities.

clifton precinct

Not everyone agrees with the approval of the sale and development though. Several parties have objected most notably residents in the area.

Here’s the full statement from the city.

“The City-owned land between the Clifton bungalows and Camps Bay, which currently includes the Glen Country Club, Maiden’s Cove, a sports oval and garages for bungalow residents, is regarded by the City of Cape Town to be in a degraded state and provides somewhat limited access to the oceanfront for residents and visitors.

Discussions about the potential upgrading of this area have been ongoing for many years and have not been rushed in any way. The garages are dilapidated, large areas of tarred parking are unsightly, and buildings are below par. At the same time, there is much need in the area for enhanced facilities – including additional parking for both residents and visitors and enhanced access to a safe waterside pedestrian way that could link Camps Bay through to Bantry Bay and Sea Point, with opportunities for pedestrian linkages to Kloof Nek and restaurants.

The City wishes to see the transformation of this area to make the beach, ocean and recreational facilities more accessible to all Capetonians, while protecting the natural vegetation; to enhance our local and international tourism potential; and to unlock investment to potentially drive job creation.
After an initial public consultation, the City Council has supported the in-principle sale and/or lease of sections of four erven located in this area. The City is proposing that the sections of these land parcels are ultimately developed and managed as a sustainable asset for the future generations of Cape Town, by the private sector.

It is envisaged that an upgrade of the area will unlock its full potential. 
However, for this vision to become a reality, we need the residents of Cape Town to guide us and to engage with us. We need Capetonians to help us to determine the parameters and checks and balances for the proposed tender process.

We are now embarking on an in-depth engagement about our proposals for this area which will inform the urban design and tender processes.

We are, amongst others, suggesting that the area be developed for residential opportunities, an underground parking garage, retail facilities, and uses ancillary to these facilities as well as the redevelopment and relocation of sports facilities.

A concept urban design framework is currently in progress as a basis for discussion with the public. We are hoping that this framework will address the shortcomings identified in this area.
With the help of residents, we can ensure that the correct controls are in place and that the proposed development is to the benefit of all.”

Now you know.

A Woolies in that location woud kill it though.

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