Cape Town - Cape Town station is set to get another facelift - this time a 120-room hotel, office and retail complex on a part of the forecourt of the public transport exchange area worth R1 billion.
More than a year since Prasa submitted a rezoning application to allow for the development, it was approved by the council’s spatial planning, environment and land use management committee (Spelum) last week.
A top view of Cape Town Station taken from the Southern Sun Hotel. The station is set for yet another upgrade, with plans for a R1 billion hotel, business and retail complex. Picture: Ross Jansen. Credit: CAPE ARGUS
It approved the rezoning of 35 000² of the forecourt area on the western portion of the property, adjacent to Adderley Street, from a transport zone to general business.
Subject to Mayco approval, the rezoning paves the way for a consortium of three property developers to submit building plans for the development which willprovide for over 27 000² of office space and 17 866² of retail area, 175 parking bays, and a 3 000² medium-rangebusiness hotel over three levels. The development was not expected to exceed 54m in height.
Prasa would pay a development contribution for the upgrading of the local services infrastructure.
In 2010, Prasa Corporate Real Estate Solutions (Prasa Cres) invited development partners to undertake and manage the redevelopment of portions of Cape Town Station.
Hattingh said a hotel chain group had not yet been decided on, but that there had been interest from a particular group. The hotel was expected to be fairly simple, serving the overnight needs of businesspeople.
The main vehicular access would be via Old Marine Drive.
A transport impact assessment for the application revealed that the daily peak trips for the proposal was in excess of 150 trips. This translates to an increase of two vehicles a minute to the surrounding road network which is seen as significant in the context of the CBD.