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Old July 11th, 2005, 06:47 PM   #1
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DURBAN *Construction and Fact File*


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Durban, city in eastern South Africa, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Durban is one of South Africa뭩 leading seaports and is a major importer of raw materials and manufactured products. Manganese, chrome ore, coal, sugar, and grain are exported through the city. Durban뭩 harbor is equipped with docking and loading facilities, and a grain elevator is located near the city. Industries in Durban include machine works; railroad repair workshops; oil refineries; and soap, paint, and fertilizer factories. Durban is connected to Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg, and Pretoria by road and rail.

Durban뭩 civic and business center is situated on flat land that rises gently to a long ridge, the Berea, which is now a residential district. Durban is a major resort center, popular with residents of the industrial towns of Gauteng Province to the northwest. The beachfront offers many hotels, amusement parks, an aquarium, children뭩 pools, and other attractions. The city also contains many parks, including the 20-hectare (50-acre) Botanic Gardens. Durban is surrounded by numerous black townships (planned, segregated suburbs) and informal settlements (shantytowns). Umlazi, the biggest black township in the Durban area, has more than 300,000 inhabitants. Durban also has one of the largest Asian populations of any city in South Africa. Educational institutions in Durban include the University of Natal, Durban Campus (1910); the Technikon M. L. Sultan (1946); and the University of Durban-Westville (1961), which was established originally as an Asian university but is now open to all races.

Originally known as Port Natal, the area of Durban was first settled by Europeans in 1824. The town was founded in 1835 and named for Sir Benjamin D뭊rban, governor of the British Cape Colony in the west. Durban grew rapidly following the discovery of gold in the Witwatersrand, a rocky uplift in northeastern South Africa, in 1886. The harbor was accessible only to small craft until late in the 19th century, when a protective seawall and a pier were constructed to form a channel entrance with an average depth of 11 to 12 m (35 to 40 ft). This entrance is kept free of silt and sandbanks by the tide and by dredging operations. Durban was designated a city in 1935. The city has grown rapidly in recent decades. Population (1996) 669,242.

"Durban," Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2005
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THE SPINNAKER- POINT WATERFRONT




NAME: The Spinnaker
LOCATION: Durban waterfront
STATUS: U/C
FLOORS: 27
HEIGHT: 85 m
USE: Residential
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SAN RAPHAEL- POINT WATERFRONT





NAME: San Raphael
LOCATION: the point, Durban
STATUS: U/C
FLOORS: 35
HEIGHT: 134 m
USE: Residential with retail

This tower is set to be the newest landmark for Durban. Situated in Durban's Point Waterfront alongside uShaka Marine World, it has an unrivalled location with panoramic views. San Raphael is situated at the harbour entrance end of a strip of properties along Point Road which are destined to re-create Durban's skyline at the Point. The harbour entrance facing apartments boast 270 unobstructed views while the remaining apartments enjoy both sea and harbour views.
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MOYENI- CBD




NAME: Moyeni tower
LOCATION: CBD
STATUS: U/C
FLOORS: 26
HEIGHT: 100m/ 328 ft.
USE: Residential

The Moyeni tower is an apartment complex that is now about 60% sold out. It recently had its design changed for the good, and it shows the effect of other towers in Durban on developers' minds- a good trend to see in a city that will soon be full of new highrise development.
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PEARLS OF UMHLANGA- UHMLANGA




NAME: Pearls of Umhlanga
LOCATION: Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal
STATUS: approved and U/C
FLOORS: varying
HEIGHT: TBA
USE: Residential w/ shopping, entertainment

Pearls of Umhlanga is a self-contained lifestyle development surrounded by magnificently landscaped grounds and exquisite views. Residents will have access to a commercial centre including retail, business and wellness facilities. A vibrant, cosmopolitan setting will feature the country's best boutiques, designer labels and the finest restaurants, to satisfy the most extraordinary tastes and complement your lifestyle.

Music, books, DVD rental, gifts, and even groceries will be on your doorstep, to fulfil every conceivable need.

Pearl Reef- 12F
Pearl Reef, which consists of 22 sectional title apartments ranging from 330 square metres, and includes two penthouses of 590 square metres is the closest development to the beach on the entire Umhlanga coastline, and is now under construction.

The heart of Pearl Reef is its views. Its elegant spatial concept is all about luxurious openness and a natural flow from interior to exterior.

Buyers will have a choice of the finest finishes available enabling them to customise their space according to their personal taste.

Security is a prime consideration and entrance will be by access code or agreed permission only. An elevator will service each wing of the building and will only stop at designated apartments to maintain privacy for residents.

Pearl Tides- 4F w/ terrace
These are terraced condominiums ranging from 245 square metres, the apartments are so close to the beach you can watch the changing tides. Units are staggered and carefully designed to maximise the magnificent view of the sea.

Three- or four-bedroomed options centre around breathtaking views with a natural flow from interior to exterior and a luxurious sense of openness. Each apartment has a drive up approach to a double garage, with direct access to your door, and an additional parking bay for visitors.

Pearl Breeze and Pearl Dawn- 25F and 31F
Standing tall over the development, these luxurious apartment blocks reflect the first rays of the dawn.

Select a one-, two-, three- or four-bedroomed apartment to suit your needs and enjoy magnificent views.

Pearl Sky- 43F
This is the tallest tower in the development. It is exciting for Durban and Umhlanga especially, soaring to new heights, with beautiful sapphire blue glass.

Pearl Walk
The Pearl Walk is this development's fashionable retail and recreation area. Each boutique, restaurant, caf and speciality store will create an adventure in quality and exceptional service. Pearls of Umhlanga's residents and visitors can look forward to a superior retail experience to complement their extraordinary lives.

Negotiations are underway to secure leases from the country's finest stores and restaurants.
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DOLPHIN WHISPERS- POINT WATERFRONT






NAME: Dolphin Whispers
LOCATION: Point Waterfront
STATUS: Under construction
FLOORS: 12
HEIGHT: ??? <email requesting height has been issued>
USE: Residential

Dolphin Whispers is one of the first few luxury apartments to be located at the Durban Point Waterfront, which will define a new lifestyle for people with the interest of the city at heart. The development will provide a unique opportunity for the introduction of up market residential apartments, which will transform the area into a place for working and living. All the main bedrooms have terraces and all apartments are air-conditioned.
Access into the complex and parking bays is controlled with high security. Entrance to the building is through exclusive entrance lobbies that ensure a contemporary up market lifestyle.

Priced from R1,8 million and R5 million
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THE AURORAS- UMHLANGA RIDGE






NAME: The Auroras
LOCATION: Umhlanga Ridge
STATUS: Proposed
FLOORS: varying levels... about 7
HEIGHT: varying heights

(Comprises of different sections: lofts, mews, and high street living.)
Fully air-conditioned
Individual street addresses
Lock-up garages with an additional basement parking bay
Fully fitted kitchen with granite tops, Bosch oven, ceramic hob and extractor
Entertainment and private balconies
High-tech security systems
High-speed internet connectability
Sliding shutters on all windows and patios
Heated swimming pool

USE: Residential
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QUAYSIDE- POINT WATERFRONT











NAME: Quayside
LOCATION: the point
STATUS: U/C
FLOORS: 10
HEIGHT: ???
USE: Residential


Following the success of the first phase of 밫he Quays on Timeball Square, Key Projects in association with Rick Wilson are excited to announce the launch our new development - Quayside. In this rapidly developing area, Quayside is our largest development to date, and is located in the heart of the Durban Point뭩 waterfront development. This 10 storey, prime real estate development has alrady proven to be extremely popular. Construction of Quayside is scheduled to commence in March 2005 with occupation set for early 2006.

Quayside will have deep-water canal frontage, small craft harbour views, sea views and harbour mouth views. The canals will be accessible to small crafts and in terms of the longer term planning proposals for Durban Point, will link to the ocean via a series of locks. The construction of the shallow water canal is already complete and work on the deep-water canal is due to start mid 2005. On completion the canals will link to form a labyrinth connecting the Residential and Commercial developments to the U-Shaka Marine world and the proposed Small Craft Harbour.

Once again the developer of this project will be a joint venture between well known businessman, Rick Wilson and Project facilitation company Key Projects.

The apartment block will have double volume ground floor apartments with mooring facilities right outside their front door. This luxurious development boasts one, two and three bedroom apartments which all have balconies with wonderful canal and sea views. Clients will have a choice of carefully selected fittings, carpeting, wood, or tiled floors. A selection of kitchen & bathroom fittings and granite tops. All apartments will be air-conditioned.

The 밦uayside apartments are selling off plan, therefore no transfer duties are applicable. A single level super basement will serve both buildings parking requirements and a comprehensive electronic access and surveillance systems are planned.

This is a unique opportunity to live in a world class environment. With a significant mix of apartments, retail shops, restaurants, amazing beaches and the brilliant uShaka Marine Park close at hand, investing in this prime retail location opportunity, will no doubt prove to offer an exciting lifestyle together with a fantastic return on your investment.
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DURBAN- #Official Project List


PROPOSED
# Building Flrs Year
1. Proposed Residential Tower 44 2007
2. Proposed Point Residential.. 41 2007
3. Proposed Mixed Use Tower 40 2007
4. Proposed Residential Tower 32 2007
5. Proposed Beach Front Resid.. 24 2007
6. Convention Centre Hotel 19 2006
7. Suncoast Casino Hotel Tower 16 2007
8. Dolphin Whispers 12 2006

APPROVED
# Building Flrs Year
1. Skyhomes 17 2006
2. Shakas Gate 13 2007
UNDER CONSTRUCTION
# Building Height Flrs Year
1. San Raphael 134 m 35 2007
2. Moyeni 100 m 28 2007
3. The Spinnaker 85 m 26 2006
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7 ON PALM BLVD.- UMHLANGA TC








NAME: 7 on Palm Boulevard
LOCATION: Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre
STATUS: U/C
FLOORS: 7
HEIGHT: ???
USE: Mixed Use

7 On Palm Boulevard is a landmark mixed use development, comprising offices, retail and apartments located in the heart of Umhlanga's New Town Center. The focal point of Gateway's Palm Court fountain, this prestigious building will be the epitome of a new urban living and working lifestyle in Durban's prime real estate location.

Arranged over seven levels around a dramatic central courtyard, a variety of retail and office space opportunities are offered. With expansive exposure to Palm Boulevard, double volume retail units also have mezzanines to allow connectivity to the court above. The vibrant courtyard is a people place with a sculptured water feature, funky clock tower and colonnaded edges, designed to be a destination in itself. Accessed directly off the fountain circle, this courtyard will be an urbane environment enlivened with caf's spilling from its shaded colonnades into the lively central public space.

7 On Palm Boulevard presents a secure urban lifestyle in a trendy environment with the convenient amenity of Gateway shop entertainment complex across the way! Twenty nine extraordinary apartments and ten luxury loft penthouses with rooftop terraces are planned on the upper floors of the complex. A range of apartment positions are offered with views over Palm Boulevard, the fountain circle, the central courtyard and Piazza to the north. With expansive terraces, the spacious ducted air-conditioned apartments will exhibit state of the art kitchens, quality bathrooms and high grade finishes throughout. Entrance to the building is though high security, well appointed lobbies at all levels. Glass encased lifts access all units from basement parking levels through the courtyard lobby providing spectacular views of this focal space. A private pool, deck, gym and entertainment facilities are located on the upper residential levels for the exclusive use of the apartments.
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THE QUAYS- DURBAN POINT




NAME: The Quays Condominiums
LOCATION: Durban Point
STATUS: U/C
FLOORS: 10
HEIGHT: ???
USE: retail and residential

The Quays is located on a canal-fronting site at Timeball Square and comprises a 10-storey, top-of-the-range apartment block and a separate 'boutique' hotel. What makes it distinctive is its rounded shape, almost semi-cylindrical. The ground floor of the apartment block consists of restaurant and retail outlets, and the remaining floors will accommodate 34 two and three bedroom apartments as well as 6 luxurious penthouses. Sail into the harbour. Walk to uShaka Marine World or stroll along the scenic palm-lined canals. Browse through art galleries and maybe stop for coffee or a sumptuous meal at any one of the top class restaurants nearby. Enjoy a lifestyle second to none in Durban!
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EAST POINT- DURBAN POINT




NAME: East Point
LOCATION: Durban Point
STATUS: Approved
FLOORS: 4
HEIGHT: ???
USE: residential (17 apts.)

This is a very exciting development in terms of its uniqueness- only 17 world class apartments are available. There are two, three, and four bedroom apartments available.
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FULL REDEVELOPMENT- DURBAN POINT




NAME: Durban Point redevelopment
LOCATION: Adjacent to Durban's city centre
STATUS: Under redevelopment
HEIGHT: Buildings from homes/townhouses to 40F towers
USE: Residential, Commercial/Retail, Public use (uShaka Marine World)

Introduction
Located at the entrance to the busiest port in Africa, the Durban Point Waterfront is one of South Africa's most significant and exciting property development and investment projects.

Destined to become one of Durban's most prestigious addresses, and a key tourist attraction, the Durban Point Waterfront is rapidly transforming from a previously run down precinct into a multi billion Rand property showcase.

The first phase of 14 mixed use apartment, entertainment and retail complexes are scheduled for completion from 2005 onwards.

History and Plans
Durban Point is one of Durban's most historic and significant urban quarters. It has a superb location and enjoys access to a range of modes of movement including pedestrian, road, rail and sea and therefore has local, national and international connections.

Over the years Durban Point has been subject to creeping blight that has left it largely abandoned and vacant. Paradoxically it represents one of the most under-utilised assets within the city.



Intentions to revitalise the area have been mooted for several decades and it is only now, in 2003, that it will finally be undergoing significant redevelopment. Much of the renewed impetus for this initiative has been the implementation of the uShaka Marine World project. This "must-see-must-do" attraction was consciously targeted at creating a development impetus for the city, and Durban Point in particular, and is regarded as the catalytic project for the 55ha Durban Point site.

The trigger for the development of Durban Point can be found in the water reticulation and purification system for uShaka Marine World and the need to return that water to the sea via a canal. This led to the idea of creating a unique "waterfront city within a city" in which a system of canals forms the central spine of urban redevelopment and where the economic benefits of water frontage extend throughout the area.

The Durban Point initiative is therefore not just an attempt to extend the city fabric in a banal way nor is it intended to transform the area into an extended theme park or tourist resort. Rather Durban Point will become an important, well-defined and exciting addition to the city and a sought after place to live, work and play. It is envisaged that a range of activities will be accommodated in a mixed-use environment containing a host of urban functions and reflecting a true urban place with 24-hour activity. The developers have drafted a Development Manual which sets out in detail the design philosophies of "African Urbanism" as well as the design review process that all development proposals are required to undergo.


Durban Point is the most exciting and significant property development and investment projects Durban has seen for decades.







Interesting Tidbits

Landuse and Zones:
Many of the sites at Durban Point have a mixed-use zoning. Developers are encouraged to use the ground floor of buildings for uses such as retailing, entertainment and restaurants that can flow out onto the adjacent sidewalk space. Uses such as offices and residential on upper floors are encouraged to look out onto the public spaces below.

In order to achieve as much of an urbane quality as possible, developers are encouraged to achieve maximum allowable height and bulk restrictions. Thus buildings of a minimum height of three to four storeys and higher will be encouraged with bulk and coverage allowances having been formulated to achieve this.

Durban Point will be developed in a series of six precincts starting with precinct one along the canal and moving progressively outwards.


Canal Edge Typologies:
Critical to the success of Durban Point as a distinctive and interesting place to visit, is the way in which buildings respond to sidewalks and how they in turn interact with the edge of the canal. In order to create this well-defined street architecture, Durban Point뭩 architects have designed a number of 밹anal edge typology options, samples of which are shown below. Thus building edges can incorporate colonnades, or they can have canopies with support structures that either straddle or cantilever over the sidewalk. Buildings may have verandahs on upper floors that run the length of street frontages above the colonnades or canopies. In some instances buildings are required to be set back from the canal edge, in others they could be built directly on the canal edge.

In each instance there is an opportunity for a developer to utilise the waters edge while at the same time not restricting pedestrian flow and leading to an interesting urban environment.

(This material is copyright of The Durban Point Waterfront and all its planners and developers. The above material was obtained from www.durbanpoint.co.za)
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ABSA BUILDING- CBD






NAME: ABSA Building
LOCATION: CBD
STATUS: U/C
FLOORS: 18 (+2)
HEIGHT: ???
USE: Offices

The ABSA Building in the CBD (across from City Hall; Smith St.) is being brought into the 21st century with a curtain wall facade of glass and steel as well as an extra two storeys in keeping with Durban's newfound height boom.

An adjoining building has been demolished and that site is being used for more parking facilities and future office expansion.



Absa confidently invests in Durban CBD (02/09/2004)

ABSA has demonstrated its confidence in the Durban central business district, announcing a R90m proposal to upgrade its Smith Street building into a regional head office.

The group will be among a few remaining with central business district (CBD) head offices, following the exodus in recent years to the decentralised zones in Umhlanga Ridge and Westville.

Moreland has been the instigator in seeing a R15bn property boom on the Umhlanga Ridge as companies have looked to escaping a degenerating city centre.

The establishment of the regional offices sees the banking group relocating its offices from several leased premises in the CBD to the Smith Street building.

Absa real estate asset management property manager Craig Francis said most of the group's leases were scheduled to expire over the next few years.

Management decided 18 months ago to investigate the possibility of consolidating into a single building. Francis said that, based on rental forecasts, the new regional office would yield a R40m net rental saving over the next decade.

The building will undergo extensive renovation to meet Absa's corporate image and preference for modern architectural styles.

The project involves an external refurbishment, the erection of a new parking area, as well as the total renovation to the internal foyer and the office space. Demolition will commence later this year. The project is expected to be completed within 15 months, resulting in an A-grade building. (which is much needed in central durban, A-grade vacancies are 6%)

The professional team includes architect Elphick Proome, project managers Maponya Developments, quantity surveyors Francis Williams-Jones Kgole and structural engineers WSP Africa. Absa will also invite local construction companies to tender .
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ONE POINT ONE SEVEN- DURBAN POINT




NAME: One Point One Seven
LOCATION: timeball square on Durban Point
STATUS: U/C
FLOORS: 6
HEIGHT: ???
USE: Residential

-Price: From R 1 300 000
-This development, situated on Timeball square, has unsurpassed canal views and comprises the following:
-6 storey building
-27 luxury appartments
-underground parking
-575m2 A Grade offices
-1060m2 AAA Grade commercial
-Fully airconditioned
-superb finishes
-occupation March 2006.

The advantages of the point are clear as both this area and the older Inner City and Sea front appartment blocks in Durban are undergoing a great deal of redevelopment.
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ICC EXPANSION- CENTRAL DURBAN







NAME: Durban International Convention Centre
LOCATION: Central Durban
STATUS: under expansion
FLOORS: N/A
HEIGHT: ???
USE: Public exhibition/meeting space

The expansion of the Durban International Convention Centre is about 30% complete. It is doubling the size of the convention centre, making it by far the largest in South Africa.

The ICC Arena will be able to host 10 000 people for indoor sports events, and 15 000 for concerts, in turn adding another revenue stream for the complex and providing durban with an indoor venue for large concerts- at last!

This new section of the ICC will serve the city well in its future endeavours in hosting major international events such as the Commonwealth Games.


Article:
R395m expansion for ICC Durban

The mayor of the eThekwini (greater Durban) municipality, Obed Mlaba, has announced a R395-million expansion to Durban's world-renowned International Convention Centre.

The expansion will involve constructing a new 6 000-seat auditorium, the ICC Durban Arena, as well as extending the existing building in a southerly direction to accommodate a sports arena suitable for exhibition sports, national indoor sports competitions, exhibitions, entertainment events and conventions.

Other site developments will include the construction of a 200-room three-star hotel at an estimated cost of R115-million. The costs towards building the hotel will be sourced from the private sector.

ICC chief executive officer Alec Gilbert said the expansion would put the convention centre "in a league of its own, being the only venue in the country able to accommodate events for over 10 000 people.

"The worldwide trend is for bigger conferences", Gilbert said, "and this project will enable us to meet the requirements of the most valuable end of the international meetings industry."

Gilbert said the expanded conference centre would seat 13 000 people and cover a total of 30 000 square metres, with the option of increasing capacities even further by using the adjacent Durban Exhibition Centre.

"We will continue to set ICC Durban apart from other convention centres by marketing it as 'the most African experience'", Gilber said. "The expansion and the April 2004 opening of the uShaka Marine World will add major impetus to this campaign."

An independent economic impact assessment found that construction of the Arena would have a positive impact on the local economy, creating 23 000 sustainable jobs in its first 10 years of operation.

The development costs will be fully recovered through a positive contribution to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) well within the first year of its operation, the report stated.
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THREE FIVE FIVE- MUSGRAVE



NAME: Three Five Five
LOCATION: Musgrave
STATUS: Completed
FLOORS: 13
HEIGHT: N/A
USE: Residential

-developed by the Reardon Group
-22 three-bed and five penthouse apartments
-starting @ R3-million
-residents can drive their cars right up to their doors
-the building is almost finished construction
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NEWS FLASH- Durban CBD development about to explode!


PRIVATE investors are beginning to eye opportunities in Durban`s central business district (CBD) as developments such as uShaka Marine World and upmarket residential blocks at the Point are expected to trigger a rejuvenation of the city.
Yacoob Latiff, Head of Commercial and Industrial Property at Old Mutual Properties, said: `The attraction of uShaka and the Suncoast, the extension of the International Convention Centre and The Point hold great opportunities for the Durban CBD. But the turnaround in Durban`s city centre is still trailing behind developments in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Neville Schaefer, CEO of Trafalgar, said in Johannesburg there were a lot of conversions from offices to residential blocks, while in Cape Town many office-to-residential conversions had been completed.
`Office blocks in Durban are tightly held and property owners are sweating their assets,` Schaeffer said.
Demand for office space in the Durban CBD is still sluggish, although rentals have ticked higher. According to the Rode Report for the first quarter,
nominal rentals for office space in Durban city grew 9.9%. However, with building cost inflation at 13.5%, Durban has posted no real rental growth.
Latiff said: `We have seen no growth in office rentals. This has been largely due to the exodus from the CBD to decentralised nodes.` Office vacancies in the CBD are at about 16%. Businesses which have left the city have done so for developments which enable them to establish a corporate identity that provide ample parking and have the perception of less crime.
But some private investors are beginning to see opportunities and the
longer-term potential of the city.

Regional Director of JHI, Rob Moran, said: `There has been strong interest from private investors in older buildings. There is confidence in the CBD, particularly from black business.`
Latiff said: `We have seen a turnaround in crime and grime - especially in violent crime - in the CBD.` Schaeffer said for those investors who took the plunge in the CBD now the outlook was promising. `On a five-year view, the city will be cleaned up, office vacancies will be substantially reduced, blocks will be refurbished and rentals will escalate,` he said.
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