For the first time in its more than 50-year history, the Lansdowne civic centre was revamped at a cost of R800 000.
The City of Cape Town implemented the much-needed renovations, which took six months to complete.
The renovations included the upgrade of the ablution facility, sanding and varnishing of the parquet tiled floor, and interior and exterior walls being painted.
It also included the construction of Ward 60 councillor, Mark Kleinschmidt’s office, as well as the rehabilitation of the front façade and upgrading the paving area.
Mr Kleinschmidt hosted a hand-over ceremony on Thursday December 14, and described the civic centre as the grand lady of Lansdowne.
Said Mr Kleinschmidt: “The civic centre plays host to myriad community functions and events, including special celebratory occasions, meetings and community skills empowerment training programmes. The upgrade has been coming on for a long time. My predecessor, Anthea Green, fought for this and I just took over the project.
“The community has grown exponentially, and there was a need for its improvement. It was the chosen venue for ward 60’s first indoor market, and this was held in June last year.
“The hall has been redecorated, repainted and the curtains cleaned. We thank the Lansdowne community, the project managers and contractor for their sterling work.”
Sub-council 17 chairperson, George March, congratulated Mr Kleinschmidt “on a job well done”.
He added: “I want to applaud councillor Kleinschmidt and his team that worked so hard to get this civic to be in a better shape than before.
“This effort will show the community that they will be getting value for money when they make use of the hall. This is a big achievement, because we all know the challenges that come with maintaining buildings.”