New Mall in Newtown Johannesburg

LazyLion

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The big hole being dug in Newtown is the start of a R1.2 billion retail and office development incorporating some of Johannesburg's most historic buildings, it was reported on Monday.

The hole was one of the biggest dug in the inner city since the construction of the Carlton Centre, The Star reported.

It was that big to accommodate the underground parking which would be part of the new, 30,000sq m Newtown Junction, which was being built among heritage buildings, including the historic potato shed.

The project coincided with the revamp and extension of the Market Theatre precinct and was expected to draw in additional 5000 people and 2500 cars to the central business district.

The Star reported that the centre would be linked to the upgraded theatre precinct, so theatregoers would be able to walk over the railway lines on refurbished original pedestrian bridges to dine and shop after shows.

It would house two major retailers, fashion boutiques and restaurants.

"Newtown has the crown jewels of Joburg with its history and old buildings, many of which have been sadly neglected," architect Jeremy Rose, of Mashabane Rose Architects was quoted as telling the newspaper.

"Through this new development, we want to combine the old with new, but still holding on the city's memories.

"The new building will be adding to the progress of the city. These historic sites are lying vacant and disused, and our history is going to be lost for ever if something is not done," he said.

The Newton Junction was expected to open in December 2014.


Source : Sapa /mm/gq/clh
Date : 06 May 2013 09:01
 

LazyLion

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Where exactly?

As you are driving down the M1 South and you go past WITS and you come to the double decker section of the highway (past the Smit street onramp), look down to your left and notice the huge hole right next to the highway. The hole is just north of the old Market Theater.
 

Haldex

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Is this a Growthpoint initiative?
I hate malls and I think it would kill the newtown vibe...
 

b_crazy

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As you are driving down the M1 South and you go past WITS and you come to the double decker section of the highway (past the Smit street onramp), look down to your left and notice the huge hole right next to the highway. The hole is just north of the old Market Theater.

Thanks, will keep my eye out for it.
 

Albereth

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How much more digging do they need to until they find the mall?

At the depth they're going to it'll be a china mall.
 

pboy

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i heard it was going to be nedbanks new incentive by the city to stay in the city!
 
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