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The entrance to Ballito is set to become even more impressive with the proposed major expansion of the Ballito Junction.
An ambitious project to upgrade the popular shopping centre to the Ballito Junction Regional Mall has been in the works for sometime.
Key stakeholders include property development and investment firm Flanagan & Gerard, Menlyn Maine, MDS Architecture, Pretoria-based architects Boogertman and Partners and ABSA Bank.
The Absa Property Development project team presented the proposed extension to KwaDukuza municipal officials last October and the executive committee was briefed on the latest developments last week.
Since the initial meeting developers embarked on a traffic impact study, environmental management plan and landscape plans. Layout plans detailing the proposed internal traffic circulation system, including loading zones, public transport zones and pedestrian access and crossings, were submitted to the KwaDukuza town planning department.
The expansion will increase the mall’s gross leasable area from 9 313 sq m to 82 297 sq m, placing it in the category of a regional shopping mall – 30kms away from the next regional mall – the Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
The mall’s new design is described as “contemporary meets classical”, with a proposed 70 100sqm extension comprising four split levels of retail and five parking levels.
According to the tabled council item the mall will house, among others “Game retail warehouse, Edgars clothing, Checkers supermarket and Woolworths home store and cinemas.”
The provincial transport department has recommended that a new access link road be built behind the mall from the P445 (Ballito Drive) allowing for new western access to the existing Leonora Drive.
The council item indicates that several meetings have been held between developers, the transport department and key municipal officials, resulting in approval for the mall layout.
Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) South Africa has been appointed to “create a model to determine developer contributions for the current road infrastructure upgrade, for all relevant developers within the Ballito CBD precinct”.
Developer contributions towards new access points and the link road agreed upon by Menlyn Maine, on behalf of the ABSA development group, amounts to R15 050 060.
The site plan was recommended for approval, subject to municipal building stipulations.
Boogertman and Partners director Bruce Douglas referred the Courier to developer Pat Flanagan, who had not responded at the time of going to press.
Menlyn Maine’s Jacqueline Radley indicated they were not ready to comment.
Leigh-Anne Bailey, property manager for Broll Property Group – which currently manages the Ballito Junction – said an official statement would be released in due course.
A Menlyn Maine official confirmed ABSA is set to transfer ownership to Menlyn Maine and Flanagan & Gerard in August.

http://northcoastcourier.co.za/21902/ballito-junction/
 

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Interesting to see. This one was mentioned years back and thought it had died. Big mall. It's a bit sad though that that that main road into ballito is littered with malls. This however seems to be an impressive one.
 

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http://www.property24.com/articles/ballito-to-get-r14bn-regional-mall/20487?SourceFeed=News24

Ballito to get R1.4bn regional mall

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Ballito on the burgeoning KwaZulu-Natal North Coast is set to get a R1.4 billion regional mall with leading developers and investors, the Menlyn Maine and Flanagan & Gerard consortium, acquiring Ballito Junction Shopping Centre together with the adjacent undeveloped land and development rights.

Construction on the R1.4 billion project – the largest single property development in Ballito since the Zimbali Resort – is due to commence later this year and be complete in March 2017. The new mega-mall is being developed to meet the retail and leisure needs of a growing and affluent market on the KZN North Coast.

The acquisition of the existing 11 000 square metre mall and prime 10 hectare property at the entrance to Ballito, will see Ballito Junction expanded to a massive 65 000 square metres, transforming it into the area’s first regional shopping centre. Development rights that exist on the site allow for the centre to be further expanded to 90 000 square metres and “super-regional” shopping centre status.

Construction on the R1.4 billion project – the largest single property development in Ballito since the Zimbali Resort – is due to commence later this year and be complete in March 2017. The new mega-mall is being developed to meet the retail and leisure needs of a growing and affluent market on the KZN North Coast.

Pretoria-basedMenlyn Maine Investments is the developer and investor behind the multi-billion rand Menlyn Maine development precinct in Pretoria, which will house the new Sun International Casino. Flanagan & Gerard is one of South Africa’s foremost shopping centre developers. The joint-venture in KZN will see these two groups bring their extensive property expertise together in developing a vibrant new retail and leisure hub in Ballito.

Patrick Flanagan, executive director of Flanagan & Gerard, says the extended Ballito Junction is positioned to be the dominant regional shopping centre in the area. He says it will offer a world-class mix of fashion and variety stores as well as entertainment that will include cinemas. Already, in excess of 70 percent of the space within the planned new shopping centre is bespoke, he says.

"The existing Pick n Pay, which is due to expand its offering, Dischem and other national and independent retailers who currently trade out of Ballito Junction, will be joined by two fashion-based department stores, a general department store and a host of international and national fashion brands. The new centre will include a strong financial services offering, as well as health, beauty and pampering outlets.”

Flanagan says besides cinemas, the centre will have state-of-the-art family entertainment and an exciting mix of restaurants and fast food outlets, catering for both the permanent residents and visitors to Ballito. He says the unique position of the site and its views to the east over the Indian Ocean will see a number of restaurants offering alfresco dining with sea views and when the weather is fine, outdoor terrace dining.

The existing centre will continue to trade, largely unaffected by construction activities, he says. However, the centre will undergo a degree of modernisation, so as to tie in to the expansion, he explains. Flanagan says the centre trades well, off the strength of the Pick n Pay and Dischem anchor stores.

The new Ballito Junction mall will be over three levels and will offer generous parking over five levels (two underground). It will have a service level underneath the entire building to ensure its efficient operation is optimised.

Carl Jankowitz, a director at Menlyn Maine, says theyare excited about their first major commercial property development in KZN and what better place to invest then the boomtown of Ballito. He says their R1.4 billion Ballito Junction development with Flanagan & Gerard represents a major vote of confidence in this burgeoning area.

“Ballito has seen significant growth over the last few years, bolstered by the development of the new King Shaka International Airport and Dube Tradeport, just 10km away. This once sleepy seaside town has now become a major regional node.”

The new mall also takes advantage of improved access to the area. The N2 highway is being upgraded by Sanral, as is the main entrance to Ballito from the N2 highway. A major new interchange is set to improve traffic flows. So will the widening of the road to four lanes in Ballito Drive, and proper pedestrian walkways. A new taxi rank is also close to completion near the centre.

With its excellent access and prime location, the new Ballito Junction regional shopping centre is expected to cater for shoppers from Ballito and even further afield, including Stanger, Tongaat and Umhlanga. It will also act as an interceptor for traffic using the N2 and M4 to and from the upper North Coast and Zululand.

Flanagan says the macro environment in the KwaDukuza Municipality and iLembe District Municipality, as well as Ballito itself, has undergone enormous growth over the past few years, in particular since the relocation of the Durban airport to the North Coast.

He says Ballito is regarded by many as the most significant urban growth area in South Africa. Not only does it cater for an expanding leisure and vacation market, but it has established itself as a major commuter town with a rapidly expanding permanent population, he says.
 

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will be great to see if it is integrated to street or a typical enclosed mall environment. a mall over 3 levels though will be different from the SA norm...
 

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With its proximity to Gateway and Investec's Cornubia Mall (both of which have large, permanent feeder populations in close proximity), I hope this development will be sustainable. Its rival on the other side of the road - Ballito's Lifestyle Centre - albeit smaller, is now well established and popular, and more significantly, Ballito's population is quite seasonal; a mall this size will require a large permanent, all-year population to sustain it (and no major rivals nearby)...

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Ballito Junction R1.4 bn mega mall gets green light from KDM
By Online Journalist on 05/03/2015


Ballito Junction Artist Impression Exterior

The groundbreaking R1.4 billion Ballito Junction regional shopping centre development, being led by the Menlyn Maine and Flanagan & Gerard consortium, has been given the go-ahead by the local KwaDukuza Municipality.

The municipality yesterday (04 March 2015) approved the Site Development Plan (SDP) for the 65,000m2 mega mall project in the booming KwaZulu-Natal North Coast town. KwaDukuza Municipality’s green light on the project will see the existing mall being extended by more than six times its current size into a world-class regional shopping destination at the entrance to Ballito.

Menlyn Maine Director, Carl Jankowitz, welcomed the announcement saying it was a significant milestone for the development – one the biggest property investments currently in the area.

“The KwaDukuza Municipality recognises our commitment and the value this major investment is going to have on the region. It is going to take the shopping, entertainment and leisure offering in the North Coast region to a whole new level, with the new mega mall set to become the hotspot in Ballito both for locals and tourists,” says Jankowitz.

“Getting the green light means we can commence with the re-development of Ballito Junction into the dominant regional shopping centre on the KZN North Coast. This exciting development will see the existing 10,000m2 centre being overhauled and extended to 65,000m2,” adds Patrick Flanagan, Executive Director of Flanagan & Gerard Property Development and Investment.

Noted Gauteng-based property developers and investors, the Menlyn Maine and Flanagan & Gerard Consortium, acquired the Ballito Junction site and surrounding 10ha undeveloped prime property from ABSA Bank. The consortium officially took transfer of the property in November last year (2014).

...“It will boast a considerable entertainment and leisure component, anchored by a Nu Metro cinema complex and trendy restaurants. This, together with a world-class retail mix of top SA and international fashion outlets and major department stores, will set the new Ballito Junction apart in the region,” he adds.

Jankowitz comments: “At R1.4 billion, this is a massive investment not just in Ballito but KZN. While our initial investment will take the mall to 65,000m2, development rights that exist on the site allow for the centre to be further expanded to 90,000m2 – that’s “super-regional” shopping centre status.”

Construction on Ballito Junction, which is located on a prime site at the entrance of Ballito, between the busy N2 and M4 highways, is anticipated to take about 24 months. The new mall is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2017.

...Ballito is now primed to get its very own mega mall, with the closest regional mall to the town currently being the Gateway shopping centre in uMhlanga, more than 30km away. The new Ballito Junction will be home to the town’s first cinema complex, in addition to boasting great family entertainment, a hugely expanded fashion offering for the region and an exciting mix of food outlets.

“The exceptional location of the site and its views to the east over the Indian Ocean will see a number of restaurants offering al fresco dining with sea views. As part of the overhaul and expansion, the mall will be developed over three-levels and offer generous parking over five levels (four underground). It will also have a service level underneath the entire building to ensure its efficient operation is optimised,” says Flanagan.

“The existing centre will continue to trade, largely unaffected by construction activities. However, the centre will undergo a degree of modernisation, so as to tie in to the expansion. Current anchor tenant Pick n Pay will be expanded, and other existing tenants like Dis-Chem, will be joined by an array of department stores and international and national fashion brands,” he adds.

Illustrating demand and how upbeat national and international retailers are about the development, Flanagan says more than 80% of the space is already let.

“It’s more than two years before the new Ballito Junction regional mall is scheduled to open, and we have already secured several major retail brands. Woolworths, Game, Edgars, Foschini, Truworths, Jet, Queenspark, Markham, Identity, Total Sports, Clicks, Incredible Connection, Cape Union Mart and Coricraft are amongst the retailers already signed up to join Pick n Pay and Dis-Chem at Ballito Junction,” he says.

“On the entertainment and eatery side, we’ve secured Nu Metro Cinemas, Spur and Turn ‘n Tender, together with a host of famous fast food brands and restaurants in our food court,” adds Flanagan.

Jankowitz comments: “Ballito Junction is Menlyn Maine’s first major commercial property development in KZN. It is set to become more than a world-class shopping centre, but a destination and entertainment hub for local people and visitors to the town. Ballito Junction is expected to cater for shoppers not only from Ballito, but further afield, including Stanger, Tongaat and Umhlanga.”

Menlyn Maine Investments is the developer and investor behind the multi-billion rand Menlyn Maine development precinct in Pretoria, which will house the new Sun International Casino. Flanagan & Gerard is noted as one of South Africa’s foremost shopping centre developers. The two groups will combine their extensive property expertise in the Ballito Junction joint-venture.

http://www.ballitonews.co.za/2015/03/ballito-junction-r1-4-bn-mega-mall-gets-green-light-from-kdm/
 

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The ballito permanent population had grown massively in the past 10 years and continues to grow as a commuter node to umhlanga.

I do wonder if this development is too big though and it will definitely negatively affect the lifestyle centre across the street which will lose many of its current tenants.
 

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i have seen the data on this mall and stats support a bigger mall than the phase 1 build . total bulk and future phases makes this just below 100k m2
 

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Edgars, Woolies, Trueworths, Markam and Clicks all set to move. Just a matter of time before Mr P sign to move over.

Lifestyle going to loss a lot of big brands.

I know for a fact that Steers and Dedonairs franchisees, in Ballito, have been told that new stores will be opening in the new centre and they have first option. It is their choice if they want to continue at current locations.
 

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i have seen the data on this mall and stats support a bigger mall than the phase 1 build . total bulk and future phases makes this just below 100k m2
But what becomes of the existing mall across the street? A ghost town in the name of capitalism? Surely sustainable development should be encouraged, because at this rate it will need to be bulldozed
 

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But what becomes of the existing mall across the street? A ghost town in the name of capitalism? Surely sustainable development should be encouraged, because at this rate it will need to be bulldozed
You talking about Ballito Bay Mall. That is a total disaster... Game and checkers are leaving for the new mall. It's going to become a place for vagrants to live.
 

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Well that too yes, but was referring to the lifestyle centre. It will be tumble weeds too
 

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market forces. if you don't give people what they want someone else will. then older centers need to reinvent themselves and change the way they do business, maybe a value centre and big box locations. For years they have sat ideal and counted the cash while forcing people to drive to gateway to get things instead of looking at their offering and the quality of their product and doing something about it. Its the circle of life Mike you know that
 
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