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Umgeni undergoes massive economic growth
​Umgeni Décor and Lifestyle Park will become a single destination to
source décor and other related products or services while you enjoy
an outdoor lifestyle experience.

The northern part of Durban in Springfield has been transformed into a game-changing reality in the industrial and commercial property sector of KwaZulu-Natal. This was realised on 1 November during the grand opening of the first phase of a R1.4 billion prime destination park, ‘Umgeni Lifestyle and Décor Park’ which offers 90 000 square metres modern business space.

The 13.6 hectares unique two-phase commercial concept development, which is the first of its kind in this region, was conceptualised by Eris Property Group in partnership with Intersite Asset Investments which is a property division of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.

The developer, Stephen Lawson from Eris Property Group, said: “We are excited about the grand opening of the development. This will add immense value to the Umgeni area and initiate the start of a new commercial property offering for eThekwini and the greater KZN.” Lawson said the development contributed to job creation, as a total of 500 temporary construction jobs have been created within the first phase and approximately 250 permanent jobs will be offered once phase one is operational.

Detailing an overview purpose of the development, Lawson said the Umgeni Décor and Lifestyle Park aims to provide a centrally located node, aesthetically pleasing and secure business and retail park environment to companies from within the home, décor and lifestyle industries. “The development has been designed with the community and environment in mind providing a landscaped green environment which promotes the use of walkways for consumers moving between the respective sites,” added Lawson.

He further stated that the Umgeni Décor and Lifestyle Park Management Association will manage the day to day activities within the park which will address amongst others the marketing, operations and security of the park. Furthermore, Lawson said the development was inspired by the fact that Springfield Park is a strong mixed use and retail node located within the centre of the eThekwini region. “Our vision was to provide a platform that would afford prospective tenants within the home, lifestyle and décor industries the opportunity to consolidate their business into one purpose designed and built facility.

The park is also ideal for users requiring showrooms, warehouses and office space,” he added. He said the development is set to benefit the community of eThekwini as it will provide businesses and retailers the opportunity to locate their operations to a Greenfields site specifically designed and built to their requirements within a secure and well managed business park. “The resultant construction and operations of prospective tenants will provide both employment and opportunities for local businesses.

The development of a new node and subsequent structures will provide the Municipality with income through the levying of rates and taxes on the newly created properties,” concluded Lawson. Russell Curtis of Invest Durban said the Municipality’s team is hard at work to ensure they provide necessary support. “The team is assisting in town planning processes and other regulatory approvals, as well as interchanges and roads infrastructure to allow easy access to the development.” Curtis said the development is the outcome of Durban’s continuous efforts to attract investment into the region in a bid to boost economic growth, for the benefit of all stakeholders and the community at large. “It’s only through improved partnerships between government, business and labour that South Africa’s investment goals will be achieved. The Eris Property team are to be congratulated for building and sustaining these kinds of investment partnership teams,” added Curtis.

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