City of Cape Town Launches Bellville Future City
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Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, has officially launched Bellville Future City to develop Bellville as Cape Town’s second CBD. This is a long-term master planning project focused on transforming Bellville to improve its attractiveness as an investment destination and to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work there.
With the Bellville Future City Project, the City will harness closer working relationships and collaboration with the rail agencies Prasa and Transnet, and other key stakeholders in the revitalisation of the CBD.
“We are establishing strategic forums to engage academic institutions, the business sector, and civil society, which will assist our short, medium, and long-term goals of revitalising the Bellville CBD,” said the City’s Executive Mayor Dan Plato.
“As Bellville is one of the priority areas for the City, it would be in the private investors’ best interest to take advantage of this,” said Mayor Plato.
Bellville CBD vs Cape Town CBD
The Bellville CBD has a different DNA to Cape Town CBD, which relies heavily on office workers to generate foot traffic for businesses. Also, the Bellville CBD has traditionally been a transport funnel via the Voortrekker Road Corridor, connecting people to industrial and commercial areas across Cape Town, including nearby industrial nodes in Bellville Industria, Parow, Goodwood, Durbanville, Brackenfell, Kuils River, and Kraaifontein
Read: Why Bellville?
A key part of the revitalisation will include the establishment of an Innovation District to facilitate increased investment in the knowledge economy and sharing strategic information related to policy development and planning. The second forum will comprise of the business sector, which will assist with the regeneration by directing investment through the Innovation District. The Greater Tygerberg Partnership will be assisting with the implementation of the project, as a city-linked body.
In 2019, REI TV interviewed CEO of Greater Tygerberg Partnership, Warren Hewitt. “The capacity that Bellville has that is yet to be taken advantage of from a development point of view is incredibly opportunistic,” said Hewitt. Watch Warren Hewitt discuss the revitalisation of Bellville as a central business district:
Investment by the City will be a catalyst for the development of the Bellville CBD, supported by additional sources from the private sector, the Greater Tygerberg Partnership, Prasa and Transnet. There will be a great focus on investment related to land and the development of public transport. It is a long-term project that will span multiple financial years. Its implementation is being driven under the following two initiatives:
* Implementing short-term urban management interventions as part of the MVSA, aimed at stabilising the area to address social problems associated with crime, and to create an enabling environment attractive for investment.
* The medium to long-term regeneration of Bellville CBD as part of the City’s ‘Catalytic Land Development Programme’. Through this programme, the City will enable Bellville’s economic regeneration, and spatial transformation, by leveraging the significant public investment proposed in economic, mobility, social and utility infrastructure. To this end, significant work has been progressed in developing a spatial vision and masterplan.