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Upgrade at Flora Centre at a standstill

Progress in the upgrade of Flora Centre is still dragging its feet as the upgrade was not completed when originally expected.

14 February 2011 | Tihan van der Walt

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Even though it was expected to be completed at the end of last year, the progress of the upgrades at Flora Centre is still dragging on.

Last year, it was announced that this centre will be undergoing an extensive refurbishment, but to date not much has happened.

"Flora Centre is a community landmark and plays an integral role in the Roodepoort community," the director of properties at Sharemax Investments, Dirk Koekemoer, told the Roodepoort Record last year.

Sharemax is the company that committed to improve the centre.

Hermans and Roman Property Solutions, a national wholly black-owned property management company, are the managing agents for the centre.

The planned refurbishment included a new design concept for the ablution facilities and replacement of the lifts.

Additional gross lettable area (GLA) was also planned to be added. This would mean an increase in the number of shops within the centre.

The interior and exterior of the shopping centre would be upgraded with new design textures, new tiled floors and modern shopfronts.

A palisade fence would be erected around the centre to improve security.

According to the national manager of human resources for Sharemax Investments, Corrie van Rooyen, they had a meeting on 3 February to discuss the matter.

"The indication at the meeting was that the upgrade would be completed by the end  of June, but more than that I cannot say," says Van Rooyen.

He referred the query to Koekemoer but he was unavailable at the time.

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