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Friday, June 24, 2011

Ampang’s latest high-rise launched

Impressive: Tajol Rosli (left), looking at the D’Pines@ Ampang project model with Dr Foo and some others before the launch of the sales gallery.

A new residential high-rise property named D’Pines has just been launched in Ampang and is set to liven up the mature neighbourhood surrounding it.

“We are proposing a future development next to the condominium, a centre with facilities like badminton courts, a swimming pool, game room, hall and such. Those who can apply for membership to use the place are residents in Taman Nirwana only,” Sri Seltra Sdn Bhd (a member of City Motors Group of Companies) sales and marketing manager Michael Lip said, adding that there may also be retail space available.

While no other details available yet because the idea is still in the planning stage, what has already started construction is the two block 20-storey condominium towers. along Jalan Cempaka 6, due to be completed in early 2014.

“Block A will have 265 units while Block B will have 267. Both consist of units ranging from 1,321 square feet (sq ft) to 1,875 sq ft,” Lip said.

The carparks will be built in a separate block with a sundeck at the top of it.

“One of the main features of the deck is the freeform pool with sand beach while the other is the ‘forest park’. There will also be a playground, yoga zone, barbeque area and gymnasium,” he said.

According to Lip, selected units will also have a skydeck, an open air platform that can be considered as a second and more private balcony, accessible via the master bedroom.

As for the features of the units, all designs have minimum three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The larger two units comes with wet and dry kitchen areas while most of the units have an utility room and yard.

Lip said that other features of the condominium is three-tier security, 24-hours CCTV and guards service while maintenance is charged at 20sen per sq foot.

“We also had several town villa and penthouse units that has been sold out. Currently, 70% of our units have been sold,” he said, adding that prices for the units start at RM380,000.

Former Perak Mentri Besar Tan Sri Tajol Rosli Ghazali, who had planted a tree in the area back when he was the Housing and Local Government deputy minister, launched the opening of the sales gallery recently.

At the event, City Motors executive chairman Datuk Dr Foo Wan Kien said the company has come a long way to be able to develop the land that was once filled with squatters.

“Through social responsibility, we resettled the squatters amicably to a medium-cost apartment in Sri Pinang just opposite this condominium where units are between 800 to 1,000 sq ft,” Foo said, adding that they believed in a win-win situation where the living standards of everyone is upgraded.

He said that one of the key attractions of D’Pines was its proximity to the city centre and other facilities such as the MRR2, Jalan Ampang, DUKE Highway, Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway and even LRT Ampang line stations like Cempaka.

“There are also plenty of hospitals, both government and private nearby and schools. There are also conveniences like Tesco and Carrefour Market close by,” he said, adding that D’Pines offers one of the lowest prices for a similar project in the vicinity.

He was also worried that a build- and-sell policy that seems good now may be harmful to the public.

“Not many can finance such projects as banks are reluctant to finance it. Bigger developers on the other hand will not be launching a housing scheme with more than 100 or 200 units, fearful of the market at the time of the project’s completion,” he said, adding this could lead to shortage of affordable homes.

Foo believes that incentives such as lower premium, soft loans or suggestions such as developers only collecting about half of the cost to cover construction costs be implemented by the government instead.

The show gallery that is located at the construction site of the project is open from 10am to 6pm daily.

By The Star

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