The Mandela Bay Development Agency is to assume responsibility for the development of the Old Tramways Building.
In a report to the Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Committee, the MBDA states that the Agency’s Board at its September 30 meeting ap-proved a programme in terms of which:
-The MBDA will clean up the building and demolish the obsolete parts as well as hoard the building for construction purposes.
-A design team will be put together with the design to include a mezzanine floor and the creation of 4 200 square metres of warehouse/industrial office space
-The MBDA will occupy the office space and let what is not required – Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism has expressed interest in renting space
-The project will take about 18 months to complete and “in the process a number of objectives will be achieved, including a prominent urban renewal project, the upgrading of the Baakens Valley, removal of an eyesore and the development of the MBDA’s own office headquarters.
The MBDA says that all outstanding items in respect of the Heritage Impact Assessment, Provincial Heritage Re-source Authority applications, Environmental Impact Assessment requirements and zoning have been dealt with.
The MBDA said in the report that the Board had taken the decision when it became apparent that it was unlikely that the initial developer would be able to start with the project as originally envisaged.
The developer had also not met his lease obligations in terms inter alia of cleaning up the building.
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