We are always excited when we hear about new developments in Bellville. We see each one, no matter how large or small, as an indication that developers are seeing Bellville as the next opportunistic region for investments that will generate a healthy return.
The Galleria (see more)
After many years in the planning, local developer DevMark is set to break ground on the Galleria development, a R5bn development on Carl Cronje Drive. The development envelopes the Bellville Velodrome, which will be revived as an exciting events venue to augment the existing sporting facilities there.
Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:
The Galleria taps into a growing international trend for destination creation, urban revision, and holistic spatial integration. It is set to transform the Tygervalley hub from a vehicle-dominated collage of unrelated, independent developments – into a dynamic spatial continuum that is pedestrian-centric, human-friendly, and totally integrated.
The retail portion of the development forms a central spine that in essence ties the various precincts together, and forms a focal point for the entire development. The mall will be at the cutting edge of technology and retail design and will be in line with the latest international trends and developments.
The first phase of the scheme will consist of:
Retail mall area of approximately 33 700m²
5 levels of parking and 2825 undercover parking bays
200 room 4 star business hotel
Complete reconstruction of the Velodrome to a world class multipurpose events arena
A-grade corporate office space of approximately 28 400m²
The Block (see more:)
DevMark is also developing a 300-unit social housing complex in Glenhaven, Bellville South, an area that would benefit directly from much-needed development and infrastructure upgrades. DevMark describes The Block as:
The Block, GLENHAVEN is a greenfields project of 72 428m2, situated on the corner of Peter Barlow and Bester Roads within Restructuring Zone District D, Cape Town.
This integrated housing project will provide affordable mixed tenure housing opportunities in very close proximity to public transport (Serpta Railway Station 300m), access to employment opportunities in Bellville CBD and Sacks Circle, public amenities (schools, state hospitals, public libraries etc.) and tertiary education institutions (1,2kms from both UWC and CPUT Bellville Campus).
The units are to be bachelor’s (30m2), 1-bedroom (30m2) and 2-bedroom (38m2) units in a 2-, 3- and 4-storey walk-up.
The Block is in the final stages of construction, with the first tenants currently scheduled to move in in early April.
At a smaller, but no less important scale, we welcome the cranes in the skyline marking the introduction of a new Stor-Age facility in Durban Road. This is the next instalment in the growing portfolio of the self-storage company’s facilities portfolio. Bellville already hosts two other facilities, on Barlow Private Road and in Danie Uys Street in Stikland.