Redevelopment of Tema to begin November
Compiled by Richard Attenkah
At long last, residents of Tema, before the end of November this year, would see the beginning of the much-talked about redevelopment of the Harbour City by the Tema Development Corporation (TDC), scheduled to start from the Kaizer Flats at Tema Community Four.
The project, which is expected to be completed in two years, would accommodate about 180 families, which is three times the present capacity of the area.
According to the city planners, at the end of the project, they expect to see a miniature state enterprise comprising of a mixture of apartments, shopping area, auditorium, theater and an office complex, “so that people will see that there is something new happening in TDC that will pave the way for the massive redevelopment” of all the TDC acquisition area.
This was disclosed by Mr. Frank Tackie, a Director of the consortium contracted by the TDC as a consultant for the redevelopment of the Tema city project, at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the corporation in Tema.
He explained that the TDC had held a series of discussions with residents of the area, and has even “gone ahead to secure some properties at Kpone, near the government affordable houses, where the TDC has bought some flats for their relocation.”
He disclosed that in reconstructing the Tema Kaizer flats at Community Four, and later the broader Tema Township, there were certain major issues they would be looking at, which cut cross all the various communities.
“Water supply must be improved, more sustainable power supply, the broken down sewerage system, the coastal frontage, which is under threat from coastal erosion, and the lack of effective public transportation.
“Tema is being run by taxis and trotros, and so there is congestion that must be resolved,” Mr. Tackie noted, adding that the increase in population also calls for a new and bigger foodstuff market to meet the growing demand by residents.
He continued that another area they were looking at was the absence of a well-planned central business district at the Harbour City that would attract major international investments to the area, saying, “What we have in Community One presently, is not sustainable; it’s far too small for the population.”
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