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THE EVOLUTION OF THE CBD’S EAST CITY

THE EVOLUTION OF THE CBD’S EAST CITY

17 Apr 2018 Tags: East City CCID Cape Town Central City

As a result of recent upgrades and new developments, the East City area in the Cape Town Central City is getting a new lease on life and is poised to realise its full potential as these establishments open their doors.

The 2016 edition of The State of Cape Town Central City Report, published early last year by the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID), predicted that the East City area (also known as Precinct 4) would fast see its full potential being realised into the very near future. Just one year later, it is now apparent that this prediction has come to fruition.

According to Carola Koblitz, CCID Communications manager and editor of the report: “Our annual publication is there to provide insights into the economic climate of the Cape Town CBD and inspire investor confidence, and we are heartened that the opportunities which the East City holds – and which were outlined in the 2016 report – are being realised.

“The East City can best be described as a precinct of possibilities that’s growing by leaps and bounds. In the past 12 months alone, we’ve seen phenomenal growth with many new developments and refurbishments in the area and can confidently say that the investment value of East City is rising.

“As predicted in last year’s report, the nighttime and after-hours economy of this precinct has picked up significantly. But it has been particularly exciting to see that some of the elements that add overall to a thriving downtown are emerging in the area, with an increasing demand for commercial and retail space as well. Already, various economic sectors are represented in Precinct 4 and as this geographic area develops further, all of this can only bode well for all Central City stakeholders who live, work, stay or play downtown.”

CCID precinct manager, Mmiselo Ntsime, who manages Precincts 1 and 4, notes: “The East City is going through a major facelift.

“I believe, for a long time, many people considered East City unappealing; they overlooked it and didn’t find it exciting, especially since it’s traditionally been characterised by big spaces – from the Grand Parade to its wide streets and large government properties – but that’s changing. Now it’s an up and coming area and suddenly everyone is taking note. It’s thrilling to see the transformation and how developers have been able to come up with creative solutions to improving an area that has a lot of heritage and historical buildings.”

Although several new businesses in Precinct 4 are expected to open their doors as soon as refurbishments and construction have been completed, some that have already made East City their home in recent months include: Kamili Coffee (29 Shortmarket & Long streets), Dunkin’ Donuts (Corner Plein & Spin streets), Kleinsky’s Delicatessen (32 Parliament Street), Lekker Vegan (Corner of Harrington & Barrack streets), Afros Chicken Shop (4 Church Square), Bootlegger Café & Grill (50 Harrington Street), Manga (The Piazza on Church Square, Parliament Street) and SurfaRosa (61 Harrington Street).

Even though there are new and exciting retailers in East City, Mmiselo also credits old favourites for adding value into the area and seeing its potential in the first place, such as the famous Charly’s Bakery (38 Canterbury Street), Woodheads (29 Caledon Street), New York Bagels (much loved for its traditional hand-made bagels located at 44 Harrington Street), as well as the renowned Haas Coffee (19 Buitenkant Street) and Truth Café (36 Buitenkant Street), the latter of which was voted the world’s best coffee shop by The Daily Telegraph two years in a row. In addition, the Department of Home Affairs (56 Barrack Street), Cape Town Central Police Station (28 Buitenkant Street), Fugard Theatre (Corner Caledon & Lower Buitenkant streets), NGO The Bookery (69 Plein Street), a number of diverse religious establishments, and a communal work hub at 75 Harrington Street are also located in East City – all venues that speak to Precinct 4 being an eclectic area that’s on the up and up.

To find out more about what’s to be found in the East City, visit http://www.capetownccid.org/investments/2016?pid=241#menu-precinct

Images by Scott Arendse (CCID) - Opening image: Harrington House (50 Harrington Street) and second image: Just Like Papa (73 Harrington Street)