Mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning Johan van der Merwe told Weekend Argus this week that the call for tenders for urban planning, engineering and other technical services in the predevelopment phase of the project was expected to be announced early this year.
Work on the 36ha site is expected to continue for some years – boosting the construction and allied industries and creating a development node that could ultimately match developments such as Century City and the Waterfront in scale and impact.
The landmark site on the N2, midway between the city and the airport, is regarded as a key opportunity to alter the racially fragmented suburban landscape bequeathed by apartheid planning.
It is bounded by Langa, Pinelands and Athlone and abuts the extensive area of the Two Rivers Urban Park development plan, another lynchpin opportunity in the broader city vision of integrating alienated suburbs and creating housing opportunities closer to jobs.
Read the pre-feasibility study here
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