Sable Homes, the developer behind the new Hazeldean Square shopping centre
and Tijger Vallei office park near Silver Lakes east of Pretoria, is to spend an additional R9-million to upgrade the road access to these developments.
The money will be spent on widening a large section of Silver Lakes Road and
installing two large traffic circles, as well as on a substantial upgrade of the traffic light-controlled intersection of Silver Lakes Road with Graham Road (Lynwood Rd Extension), one of the city's busiest main routes.
"This expenditure is in addition to what we have already spent on the local roads and on top of the R2-million worth of infrastructure development funding we have already paid to the Kungwini local authority, notes Sable Homes MD Jo Pelser, "but we believe it is important to address the potential effect of the additional traffic flow ahead of the completion of the new retail and office developments.
"These road upgrades will of course also improve the access to greater Hazeldean, the massive new suburb we are creating on the land to the south and east of the Silver Lakes estate."
Envisioned as a self-sufficient live, work and play precinct, Hazeldean will cost a total of more than R5-billion to develop and will ultimately incorporate schools, parks, a clinic, a gym and community entertainment venues as well the shops, offices, a business park and about 18 000 new homes in several secure estates and a retirement village.
Construction work on the first phase of the secure Tijger Vallei office park is already well advanced, while the second phase of stands has been sold out. And work has begun on the 17 000sqm Hazeldean Square convenience shopping centre, which will have Pick 'n Pay and Woolworths as anchor tenants.
This centre will serve thousands of "under-shopped" residents of Wapadrand,
Boschkop, Zwavelpoort and other rapidly developing areas on Pretoria's eastern flank, as well as those of Silver Lakes and Hazeldean itself.