SA Affordable Housing November - December 2018 // Issue: 73 - Page 7

NEWS 6 000 affordable rental units earmarked for Parow The City of Cape Town has identified several vacant City-owned sites and derelict buildings in Parow that currently attract anti-social behaviour. The City proposes investment in these underutilised sites which will result in the provision of affordable rental units. www.SAAffordableHousing.co.za T he City has identified unused parking lots, run-down City-owned buildings and undeveloped City-owned sites in Parow that are proposed to be developed for affordable housing opportunities. City-owned sites that have been identified for development are grouped into four sub-precincts and are broadly speaking located in the vicinity of the railway stations in Parow, Tygerberg, Elsies River and Avondale. The sites are either derelict, underused or undeveloped. Given the proximity to the railway stations and the easy access to public transport services, these sites are considered to be ideally located for the development of affordable rental units. “Some of these sites are unused parking lots and others are neglected City-owned buildings that could be converted or demolished. Those who are currently living in the vicinity of these sites will be aware of the crime and anti-social behaviour. By making these sites available for the development of affordable rental units we are tackling many challenges at once. “Local residents from Parow will benefit because it halts anti-social behaviour and crime and grime that are associated with these unused sites; the new investment will halt the further degeneration of the areas surrounding the stations; it will lure investment from the private sector that could regenerate the greater Parow area; and we can provide households with affordable rental units in complexes that are well-managed and conducive to family life,” says the City’s mayoral committee member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron. The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) presented the proposed Parow Precinct Development Plan, consisting of the four sub-precincts, to Subcouncil 4 in August. The sub-precincts fall within these subcouncils and both subcouncils gave its in-principle support for the proposal during these meetings. Next, the City will submit the proposal to council for in-principle approval that the City can dispose of the sites and assets. Together the four sub-precincts consist of 10.3 hectares. It is estimated that these sites could be developed over time to provide at least 6  000 affordable rental units that are located within walking distance of railway stations and other City of Cape Town has identified several vacant City-owned sites and derelict buildings in Parow that currently attract anti-social behaviour. The City proposes investment in these underutilised sites. public transport services, shopping centres, schools and public services. Several of these sites will have to be re-zoned prior to any development being permitted. The support from the subcouncils to facilitate investment, and improving these derelict sites is the first important step in rejuvenating the area. “It is also important to note that Parow is relatively close to the Cape Town central business district (CBD) and located within the Voortrekker Road Corridor Integration Zone NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2018 5