Renovations have begun at the Cape Town Station forecourt, adjacent to Adderley Street, six years after the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) issued their rezoning application for the development of a 120-room hotel, office and retail complex.
According to IOL, an application was submitted to the City of Cape Town (COCT) in 2015 for the redevelopments, however, it was then halted due to the incompletion of a site development plan for more than 6 000m² of residual retail space, following the upgrades done for the 2010 World Cup.
The proposal envisages intensifying the existing retail offering in the station precinct, where it increases the flow of commuter pedestrians and creates public spaces that will add to the CBD’s current offering, along with the addition of an office and hotel complex, Our Future Cities indicated.
The redevelopment of the front portion of Cape Town Station will also provide vibrant uses on the site that will support and enhance the functioning of the station it will remain a key public open space.
IOL mentions further that this will also be the third major upgrade at the forecourt since the R408 million project of 2010. While the new development is not expected to not exceed 54m in height there will also be some work done at the Adderley and Strand Street concourses.
Meanwhile, the Cape Town Station deck has also been utilized as a vaccination site after the Provincial Minister of Transport and Public Works, Daylin Mitchell and the Provincial Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo held a vaccination drive at a pop-up vaccination site at the Cape Town Taxi Rank on Monday, September 13.
The purpose of the vaccination drive was to vaccinate taxi drivers, commuters and vendors in the area who have served on the frontline throughout the pandemic.
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