A first-of-its-kind, affordable mixed-use housing project on state-owned land in Cape Town is set to address the shortage of well-located homes close to employment and other economic opportunities in the city.

The Conradie Better Living Model Game Changer project, or Conradie Park, is being developed through a partnership between Concor and the Western Cape government, with the aim of unlocking the potential of state-owned property.

The mixed-income, mixed-use development will feature affordable housing, a business hotel, sports facilities, a community hall and two schools, as well as up to 60 000 m² of commercial and 15 000 m² of retail space on state-owned land previously home to the old Conradie Hospital in Pinelands, which first opened in 1938 but has been dormant since 2002. The site is also located near main arterial routes and the project includes transport upgrades around the precinct.

Once complete, Conradie Park will include around 3 500 residential units, 1 760 of which will be government-subsidised.

In 2018, the Western Cape government and local construction firm Concor entered into a land availability and development agreement that allows for development of land while it still belongs to the government. It will be transferred to the developer on completion.

Construction of Phase 1, which comprises 99 units, is scheduled to start in Q2 this year, with occupation set for mid-2021. Prices start at R950 000 for a studio apartment.

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