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Private Developer Wanted For Mixed Use Housing At Parsonsvlei

By supplied - Aug 21, 2014

The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements has called for expressions of interest from “suitable” private developers and institutions for mixed use housing developments at Parsonsvlei.

The two parcels of land measuring 19.7 hectares and 59.683 hectares are owned by the state with the department targeting housing for low to middle income groups.

The department is seeking a private developer for a mixed housing development on land measuring 49.3602 hectares in the Despatch-Uitenhage area.

Presenting her Policy Speech last month, Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August announced that the Parsonsvlei land would be used for the “de-densification” of Helenvale, adding that the department had recently acquired the land.

Sauls-August said the department was going “to ensure that the Helenvale community is offered an opportunity of a better life through a de-densification programme that will cater for all income groups.

“The Parsonsvlei land will be used for this project and will include opportunities for civil servants such as nurses, police, teachers and all citizens who earn below R15 000.”

Sauls-August said the department would be “creating a new neighbourhood that will accommodate government-subsidy beneficiaries in medium and high rise density units through a total mix mode development”.

She said that Parsonsvlei would be “the first neighbourhood in the metro com-prising this type on integrated development”.

Sauls-August announced at the same time that her department would be con-ducting a “comprehensive assessment” on the demand and supply of social and other rental housing options.

The department has also issued a call for expressions of interest from private developers for other parcels of land, including a number of erven on the King William’s Town Golf Course and in the Ginsburg and Breidbach areas, just out-side King William’s Town. - MetroMinutes.