Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu (INK) Development area houses 487,406 people, being 18% of eThekwini Municipality’s population. With almost half a million residents on 9,423 hectares, it constitutes one of the largest conglomerations of low income residential areas in the whole of South Africa. Its closest boundary is over 20 km from Durban’s CBD.
The brief seeks to establish a new district centre in Kwa Mashu, building upon an earlier shopping centre and informal trading area, supported by train station and taxi pickup point. The site rises to an elevated sports ground to the north. Key to the success of the master plan is a new market hall set into the site and opening onto an elevated town square. The square provides a focus for retail, workshop, educational and cultural uses. An active pedestrian route is established from train station through market hall and square to sports ground.
Why don't they densify the area around the station area residentially as well as commercially. Wouldn't this make more sense especially if it's low cost housing.
How many jobs will this create?
Will they link this with bridge city( i don't know the surrounding geography)?
Durban's townships sit on these beautiful hills, but i wonder if developing them might be harder than in Joburg or Cape town where most townships are on flat ground? Durban has massive townships as well.
^^ the core centres of all the townships are on flat land, with existing rail stations in the centre of them. Yes the residential areas are hilly, but the whole of Durban is hilly!
The great thing, is with the cities IRPTN plans, they have have a fantastic existing rail network in place. Yes it is currently poorly run as it is of course run by metrorail, but the city is hoping (like CT are too) to take over the running of the system and use it as the core north south commuter trunk in addition to BRT.
With these transport interchanges (Kwamashu, Umlazi and Bridge City) in the middle of the "town centres" it has a massive thrust to spur dense development around them. Bridge City started this off and will continue to densify, but there are also plans to significantly densify Kwamashu town centre as you see here, as well as Umlazi town centre as seen in the following link http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1506588
This is great in that it enhances the townships, makes them more livable, provides more employment close to where people live, or right on the bulk transport coridors.
Cornubia willl be the next one, however starting from scratch. It will have BRT and will be on the new light rail route that runs from Ballito through King Shaka/Dube Tradeport, to Cornubia, Umhlanga and down to Durban central.
Exciting times and bold development for Durbans townships and great to see the public/private partnership the city started with Bridge City, is being rolled out to Cornubia, Kwamashu and Umlazi so successfully.
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