Communities in the Southern Region towns of Limbe and Blantyre have appealed to the Blantyre City Council (BCC) to ensure that developers engage the services of professional builders in renovating condemned buildings to ensure buildings in the towns have a definitive pattern.
BCC last week embarked on a Red Star campaign which saw city officials marking condemned buildings with red stars.
According to the council, a total of 161 buildings, 87 and 74 in Limbe have been earmarked for demolition.
A snap survey conducted by The Daily Times on Saturday revealed that communities are happy to see that the council is eager to see the structures in the two towns improve.
The communities, however, indicated the need for developers to engage the services of skilled professionals in the exercise.
“It’s good to see that the council appears to be more serious this time around with the red star campaign. Let’s hope it will really materialise. We appeal to the city assembly to ensure that the new buildings are professionally done.
“We have professionals such as Press Properties, Pacific Limited and others which if engaged can help deliver quality and modern structures,” said Amos Magombo, a Bangwe resident.
Magombo’s sentiments were shared by Mercy Chingagwe of Zingwangwa who modern towns require buildings that have a distinct pattern.
“Towns and cities in other countries have a distinct look. There is need for uniform or identical style of buildings to create what is described as harmony,” said Chingagwe.
In a letter addressed to property owners, BCC has given them until January 2016 to submit new designs for the buildings, adding that demolition of the condemned buildings is expected to start on March 1, 2016.
BCC spokesperson Anthony Kasunda yesterday said the new buildings are supposed to have a minimum of three storeys.
“As the council, we will make sure that only the best buildings are developed in Limbe and Blantyre,” said Kasunda.
President Peter Mutharika revived the Red Star Campaign in February this year when he went on a whistle stop tour of the two towns.