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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sunway REIT will spend about RM200mil to rejuvenate Putra Place

An artist’s impression of Sunway Putra Place

PETALING JAYA: Sunway REIT Management Sdn Bhd, the manager of Sunway Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), will refurbish Sunway Putra Place to rejuvenate and reposition the property as an exciting tourism and shopping destination.

This follows the Federal Court's decision on Feb 20 to dismiss the application by the property's previous owner, Metroplex Holdings Sdn Bhd, for leave to appeal the High Court's and Court of Appeal's decision to declare OSK Trustees Bhd as the legal owner of Putra Place.

Putra Place was acquired by OSK Trustees, on behalf of Sunway REIT, in a public auction in March 2011 for RM513.94mil.

The property, comprising Legend Hotel, an office tower and a mall known as The Mall, has been renamed Sunway Putra Place.

Sunway REIT Management chief executive officer Datuk Jeffrey Ng said the preliminary capital expenditure for the refurbishment of the mall was estimated at RM200mil, while that for the hotel and office tower would be on a need basis.

“The refurbishment of the mall is to expand the total gross floor area from 860,000 sq ft to 952,000 sq ft.

“Meanwhile, the net lettable area will be increased from 505,448 sq ft to about 620,000 sq ft,” he told StarBiz.

The work will take 15 to 18 months and will provide a projected return on investment of 12.5% to 15.0%.

Ng said the creation of new net lettable area and better retail layout planning “will translate into substantial increase in rental income in the future”.

“Sunway REIT is optimistic about the future prospects of the 3-in-1 mixed-used property of Sunway Putra Place and expects substantial capital appreciation post-refurbishment.

“Our new tenancy mix will draw new and larger crowds to Sunway Putra Mall, and the businesses of Sunway Putra Hotel and Sunway Putra Tower will benefit synergistically from the transformation of the new shopping mall,” Ng added.

He said tenants at Sunway Putra Mall would appreciate the modern ambiance with improved retail layout and circulation in the shopping mall.

A distinctive retail zoning will be one of the main features of the mall, with new interesting concepts such as food and beverage, alfresco and entertainment concepts to create vibrancy.

He said the Asian Avenue would be a unique retail theme with food and entertainment components as well as an addition of eight cinema screens.

The refurbishment plan will also include improvement in traffic circulation within the proximity of Sunway Putra Place.

Studies are also underway to improve vehicular traffic on both ingress and egress points of the mall, direct linkage to the LRT station, and covered pedestrian walkways to the KTM Komuter station and Putra bus terminal.

By The Star

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