|Council approves US$100m shopping mall|
|Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:24|
HARARE City Council has approved the construction of Zimbabwe’s biggest shopping complex, the US$100 million Mall of Zimbabwe in Borrowdale.
The approval flies in the face of reports in some sections of the media that council would not approve the construction of the mall. The environment management committee met on Tuesday and approved the construction of the state-of-the-art mall.
Committee chair, Clr Stewart Mutizwa, confirmed the approval to be adopted by full council in two weeks time.
He said city officials were now permitted to work closely with the property developers in their supervisory role.
“It’s a national project. Cabinet has approved the project. Council is a substructure of Central Government. We cannot be seen going against national policies.
“We agreed to pay Augur Investments with land on the agreement that Government would compensate us with land elsewhere. All that has not changed and why should we stand in the way of the project?” he said.
Although an Environmental Management Agency official was quoted in the press saying the agency had not approved the project — an internal memo signed on March 6, 2012 indicates that the project was approved.
“The project is a development of service infrastructure on a site allocated to it by the City of Harare in Borrowdale low-density suburb in Harare. The project cost covers roadworks, water reticulation and sewer reticulation,” reads part of the memo.
The mall would consist of a closed air-conditioned apartment made up of shops, restaurants, banks, recreational and fast foods.
The company contracted to construct the mall, McCommick Property Development, has built 49 other malls worth US$1 billion worldwide.