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Friday, December 11, 2009

SP Setia aims to launch RM6b Eco City by July

Kuala Lumpur City Hall will be SP Setia's partner on a profit-sharing basis, taking 20 per cent of the project's net profits

Developer SP Setia Bhd plans to launch its RM6 billion "green" mixed development opposite Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur by July next year, its chief said.

The project, to be known as KL Eco City, will be developed in three phases over at least 10 years.

It will be a joint venture with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), which owns the 9.7ha leasehold land in the Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum area.

SP Setia first announced its intention to develop the land almost a decade ago, but had faced problems with squatters in the area, among other things.
"That project has been approved. We hope to launch it by the third quarter of our 2010 financial year ... and start work on it even earlier if we can," president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin told reporters at the company's results briefing in Shah Alam, Selangor, yesterday.

DBKL will be its partner on a profit-sharing basis, taking 20 per cent of the project's net profits, he said.

SP Setia will develop office, commercial and retail space in the first phase; condominiums in the second; and signature offices in the third.

Liew ruled out building another mall.

"We'd like (our development) to complement Mid Valley. We think there's a market for niche shops," he said.

KL Eco City is expected to start contributing to the developer's bottom line in its financial year ending October 30 2011.

Liew acknowledged that there would first have to be a lot of work done to ease traffic congestion in that area.

SP Setia will spend RM250 million of its own funds over this financial year and the next to improve the infrastructure there. The KTM Komuter station in that area will have to be relocated, he said.

Liew also said that KL Eco City would be the first total integrated development to apply for the Green Building Index "gold standard".

Property analyst Ong Chee Ting of Maybank Investment Bank said the project would be feasible if well planned.

"It's a prime area and the developer has a strong brand name. So I don't see why it should fail," he told Business Times.

By Business Times (by Adeline Paul Raj)

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