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Bo Kaap residents mull next steps after losing construction appeal

CT Mayor Patricia de Lille has dismissed a final appeal by an association to stop the 60-metre tall building from being built.

One of Cape Town's oldest suburbs, Bo Kaap. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Bo Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association says it's still to decide whether to take any further steps against the construction of a billion rand retail and residential block on the fringe of the historic neighbourhood.

Mayor Patricia de Lille has dismissed a final appeal by the association to stop the 60-metre tall building from being built.

Developer Jose Rodrigues says his development is in line with the city's densification policies.

Bo Kaap residents have been fighting for more than two years to stop the construction of what they have labelled a 'monster building'.

They say it's not in keeping with the neighbourhood and will congest the area.

Civic association chairperson Osman Shaboodien says he's disappointed to have lost another appeal.

“The appeal process is not fair. They only give a certain amount of minutes to present your case.”

Rodrigues says the 4000-square metre building will offer retail and lifestyle options as well as 250 residential apartments.

“The green light from the city follows an extensive public participation process, and I believe our team has achieved a fine balance in creating an aesthetic building that meets the demands of a world class growing city.”

Construction is set to start in June and the Green Star building is due for completion in 2019.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)