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Plans to upgrade Rivertown precinct underway
​THE private sector and property developers are eager to work with eThekwini Municipality and contribute towards growing the City’s tourism economy as well as ensuring spatial and social regeneration.

This was evident as business people actively engaged with the City during robust discussions aimed at fast-tracking the R1.3 billion Rivetown Development Precinct. The public meeting with businesses, property owners and stakeholders was held on 31 May at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC).

The Rivertown Precinct is situated to the east of the Durban Central Business District, between the ICC and the Durban beachfront. The precinct was formally Durban’s light industrial area with several low-rise warehouses, some of which have significant historical value. The proposed upgrade to the area is in line with the City’s vision of becoming a liveable City through creating liveable mixed use spaces, which forms part of the City’s urban renewal plan. The precinct will capture the rhythm and spirit of Durban’s beach lifestyle while incorporating the amazing culture of the City.

Luke Maurel of Propertuity, one of the leading companies in solving urban challenges, presented artistic impressions of the Rivertown neighbourhood plan which portrays all the divisions to be included and how it will look like once it has been developed. He said already they have been doing activations in one of the development open spaces known as Rivertown Shed, to create hype. “This has yielded positive results as we have managed to secure some tenants for our building.” Maurel said they are hoping to start with the development next month and expecting to finish within 14 months in order to ensure alliance with the City’s plans.

Furthermore, the Spice Quarter also presented their plan which will be aligned with the Municipality’s development. The Municipality’s Senior Professional Planner, Themba Masimula said: “The development will comprise of improvements in landscaping, public walkways, streets lights, street furniture and CCTV cameras to create safe and an aesthetically pleasing physical environment to bring back investor confidence in the Inner-City.” The construction phase will create 3000 permanent jobs.

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