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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

KL Eco City to get off the ground early 2012

Kuala Lumpur: After more than a decade of delay, property developer SP Setia Bhd expects to start working on the RM6 billion KL Eco City, opposite Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur, by early next year.

The land, where the development is to take place over 12 years, has been cleared and is currently vacant.

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.

In its filing to the stock exchange yesterday, SP Setia said Kuala Lumpur City Hall or Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) had finally formalised the privatisation of the 10ha cluster of land parcels in the Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum area.

The land is being alienated to KL Eco City Sdn Bhd (KLEC), which is owned by SP Setia and Yayasan Gerakbakti Kebangsaan on a 60:40 basis.

With net saleable area of 5.7 million square feet, SP Setia proposes to build a retail podium, three boutique office blocks, strata-titled office suites, three office towers, three residential towers and a serviced apartment tower.

The proposed development will also include a new KTM Komuter train station that will be integrated with the existing Abdullah Hukum LRT station.

Railway Asset Corp (RAC) has mandated SP Setia to deposit RM42.09 million in land bond to ensure construction of the train station.

Under the privatisation agreement, SP Setia must pay DBKL RM105.92 million, less the premium already paid, over 36 months.

As soon as SP Setia starts construction, it has to deposit RM10.55 million as performance bond with DBKL.

It also has to cough up a minimum guaranteed profit of RM191.96 million for the proposed development.

These are in addition to the initial agreement that DBKL be taking 20 per cent of the project's net profits.

The privatisation is conditional upon SP Setia paying DBKL RM11.4 million, being the difference between the actual construction cost of the low medium cost Apartment Abdullah Hukum 1 and the purchase price offered to the squatter families on the DBKL land.

The deal also requires SP Setia to pay RM10.59 million, being 10 per cent of the residual land value and RM1.62 million, being the land value for Plot F of the DBKL cluster of land.

SP Setia said these payments to DBKL will not have a material effect on its gearing for the year ending October 2011.

SP Setia estimates the KL Eco City's gross development cost to total RM5 billion.

By Business Times

Naza seeks investors for RM15b project

Naza Group, Malaysia’s biggest luxury vehicle importer, is seeking to draw local and foreign investors for a proposed RM15 billion property project in Kuala Lumpur.

Naza is in talks with local and international investors who are “serious” in taking part in the project, which may include a 100-floor tower, Naza Group Joint Executive Chairman SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.

Naza won land rights in 2009 from the government in return for building an exhibition center. The company will develop the land in three phases over 15 years, it said in a statement.

By Bloomberg

SP Setia unit in development deal with KL mayor

PETALING JAYA: SP Setia Bhd's subsidiary KL Eco City Sdn Bhd (KLEC) has entered into a privatisation agreement with Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur for the development of about 24.88 acres in Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum in Kuala Lumpur.

In a statement, SP Setia said the privatisation agreement was done in pursuant to a memorandum of understanding dated Aug 21, 2007 between the Datuk Bandar and KLEC, then known as Pelita Dunia Sdn Bhd.

SP Setia group owned 4.38 acres of the piece of land in Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum, while Datuk Bandar owned the remaining 20.5 acres. KLEC has proposed to develop an integrated commercial and residential development with a net saleable area of about 5.7 million sq ft on the said land.

The proposed development, worth a gross development value of RM6bil and a gross development cost of RM5bil, would comprise a retail podium; three boutique office blocks; strata-titled office suites; three office towers; three residential towers and a service apartment tower.

By The Star

HK office space still costliest

HONG KONG: Hong Kong continues to be the most expensive place in the world to rent office space, according to research from a property brokerage.

And despite an expected slowdown over the next 12 months, Hong Kong would likely retain its world-leading position, Colliers International said yesterday.

Hong Kong again topped the rankings for the world’s most expensive cities to rent office space, ahead of London’s West End, Paris, Tokyo and the City of London, according to Colliers.

By Reuters