WINDHOEK – Construction work is almost set to start on the mixed-use high-rise building that will comprise of upmarket retail shops and 11 floors of apartments.
A skyscraper in Namibian terms, the complex will be erected in the central business district of the capital and named the ‘77 On Independence’.
“This exciting development will include an upmarket retail floor on ground level as well as 11 apartment floors totalling 164 apartments. All apartments have been sold and completion of the development is anticipated for the first quarter of 2016. The apartments range from one to three-bedroom units and will include free access to an in-house gym and pool facilities,” said Marco Wenk, the Managing Director of Broll Namibia.
The development is a joint venture between the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group of Companies and Howard Chamberlain Architects. Broll Namibia, a subsidiary of the O&L Group, have been appointed as the exclusive sales and leasing agents for the development. Building work will start in the second quarter of 2014.
The building will, through its retail component, link Independence Avenue to the Old Breweries Craft Market, a precinct that already includes numerous high-quality retailers, businesses and service providers, as well as a gym, arts-and-crafts shops, exclusive hair salon, art gallery, a diamond retailer and various coffee shops.
With the recent rain that Windhoek received, some members of the public expressed their concern about the seemingly rising water at the site. “The erf on which 77 On Independence will be built has been vacant since the first quarter of 2012. The property is situated above an underground water fountain and with time the ground water started to infiltrate through the surface. The rising water level is being monitored by the project engineers to ensure that there is no risk to the adjacent buildings as well as the public.
With construction to commence in the next couple of months, the standing water matter will be addressed and should thus no longer be a cause for concern,” said Wenk.
By Staff Reporter