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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ivory confirms bid for Bayan Mutiara project

George Town: Ivory Properties Group Bhd confirms that it has responded to a tender to develop over 40 hectares of land at Bayan Mutiara on Penang Island.

"I can confirm that we have submitted a bid by responding to the Penang government's request for proposal to develop the land and are now awaiting word from the state authorities," the company's deputy chairman and executive director Datuk Seri Nazir Ariff Mushir Ariff told Business Times after Ivory Properties' first annual shareholders' meeting.

Last Tuesday, Business Times reported that Ivory and SP Setia Bhd are in the race for a multi-billion ringgit development of some 40.47ha land at Bayan Mutiara.

Both companies have already established their presence as property players in the southwestern part of the island via existing developments.

The Bayan Mutiara tender is part of the state government's efforts to unlock the value of the land it owns in selected areas.

Sources had said that of the two companies, Ivory Properties had submitted the higher bid, for which the reserve price was reportedly set at RM200 per sq ft.

Nazir, however, declined to comment on this.

The state government had asked for a request for proposal (RFP) via Penang Development Corp to develop an initial 24.8ha, which is located south of the Pe-nang Bridge, overlooking Pulau Jerejak.

The RFP comes with the potential to develop an additional 14ha via a future re- clamation after the development of the initial 24.8ha land.

Meanwhile, Ivory Properties' operations director Murly Manokharan said luxury condominiums are set to be the group's next offering in Batu Ferringhi, where Ivory has already established its presence as a property developer.

Unlike its Moonlight Bay and Island Resort developments, which are sited on hillslopes commanding ocean views, the proposed The Bay development is set to be located on the beachfront.

Murly said the proposed development will comprise a single block of low-density condominiums, in compliance with environmental and developmental requirements set by the local authorities.

"We are hoping to offer units with large built-up areas ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 sq ft and they will likely be priced between RM600 and RM650 per sq ft," he said.

Ivory Meadows, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ivory Properties, entered into a conditional agreement last year with Lim Soon Hin and Lim Soon Vin to buy 0.49ha of freehold land in Batu Ferringhi for RM25 million.

The project is expected to be completed three years after construction begins.

Also on the cards for Ivory Properties is the proposed City Mall located in Tanjung Tokong, which is set to be a mixed development project of luxury condominiums perched above a shopping mall.

"We are awaiting approvals from the local authorities before proceeding with this project which we hope to launch by the fourth quarter of this year," Murly said.

The project, with RM433.3 million gross development value, is set to offer 300,000 sq ft of shopping space and is expected to cater to tourists in meeting their dining, rest, travel and information needs.

Murly said the resident component, meanwhile, is set to cover 120,000 sq ft.

Property watchers said the proposed development is set to boost the area's new positioning as Penang island's new lifestyle and commercial hub.

Fronting the Island Plaza shopping mall, Ivory's proposed mall is set to join the ranks of projects that include Eastern and Oriental Bhd's master-planned Seri Tanjung Pinang development, Boon Siew Property Group's Precint 10 food and beverage mall, and IOI Properties' upmarket Fettes Residences condominium project.

By Business Times

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