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City gives go ahead to controversial development of old Ladies Mile site

14 December 2016 2:26 PM
Plans to build a new R250 million shopping centre on an old dump site in Constantia have been approved by the City, despite concerns.

The Constantia land restitution process around the site of the old Ladies Mile garden waste dump is set to progress, according to the Hadjie Abdullah Solomon Family Trust.

The Solomons families were evicted from their Constantia home in 1967 under the Group Areas Act.

They won their restitution case and submitted plans to build a R250 million shopping centre on the old dump site, anchored by Shoprite Checkers as a tenant.

The leasing of the shopping centre will cross-subsidise the families’ residential development on the other side of the road.

The development plans have been met with some disapproval, by the family trust's Rashaad Solomons. He says the community has met to discuss steps forward after the City and tribunal gave approval.

The shopping centre will be called Solomons Square and the City of Cape Town has accepted it.

Rashaad Solomon, Chairman at Hadjie Abdullah Solomon Family Trust

But the ratepayers association has expressed intent to appeal.

14 December 2016 2:26 PM