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MetroCity to transform Matang into vibrant, modern metropolis
30 January 2016
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Aerial view of MetroCity CBD.


Food and beverage (F&B) drive-thrus such as McDonalds and KFC, which have become a landmark for the area, continue to thrive with the opening of other stores like Pizza Hut, Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa and Penang Nasi Kandar.


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McDonalds, KFC and a Petronas station (all operating 24 hours) is pictured at MetroCity.


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MetroCity has been approved as a central business district commercial and mixed-use development with Special Development Area status.


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Some of the dual-frontage shops will face the SoHo Towers and Imperial Matang, an eight-storey 220-room hotel with a Boulevard departamental store cum supermarket on the lower levels.

 

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Dato Chong Kia Hoi

KUCHING: CKH Realty Group (CKH Realty) is confident that its MetroCity development will transform Matang into a vibrant and modern metropolis.

Spanning 183 acres, Metropolis is an ongoing commercial and mixed-use development situated along Jalan Matang, five kilometres from Kuching city centre.

In a briefing with the media, CKH Realty chairman and managing director Dato Chong Kia Hoi explained that MetroCity was conceptualised with the governing vision of transforming Matang into a modern metropolis.

"Many have questioned my decision to launch such an ambitious project in Matang. My reasons are simple: there are no longer large parcels of land available within five kilometres of our city centre for a properly planned large-scale development.

"It took decades for Kuching City South to develop into the state it`s in today. It is near impossible for instance, to implement a grid road network infrastructure as what we are doing at MetroCity," Chong said.

In fact, Chong pointed out that it was Former Chief Minister Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud who encouraged CKH Realty to develop Kuching City North as he wanted to see a balanced development in both areas of Kuching.

"I am also thankful to the current chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem for approving MetroCity as a central business district development to increase economic activities and growth in Kuching City North," he added.

On that note, CKH Realty is grateful towards the government for the commencement of several infrastructure projects including the upgrading of Jalan Matang from Kubah Ria to MetroCity, the RM145 million construction of a four-lane highway and new bridge to Stapok linking directly to MetroCity`s western boundary and the RM50 million underpass at Datuk Abang Kipali Abang Akip roundabout.

CKH Realty has already invested RM25 million out of a total of RM80 million for the internal road network infrastructure including public car parks and open space covering 25 per cent of the total land area.

The group has also invested in a multi-million dollar fiber optic networking infrastructure for the entire development in partnership with Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM).

"With such enhanced infrastructure and accessibility MetroCity will become the premier destination for business, dining, leisure and entertainment in accordance to what we have envisioned," Chong said.

Another highlight of MetroCity is that the project has been approved as a central business district commercial and mixed-use development with Special Development Area status. This allows participation by foreign companies who wish to invest or jointly develop MetroCity with the group.

"We are in negotiations with a Fortune 500 Chinese construction company who is keen to participate in MetroCity.
"We can leverage on their expertise, technology and financial strength in our quest to develop and modernise Matang," he added.

On the Stage 1 development, which began in December 2012, Chong revealed that he is satisfied with what the group has achieved in the relatively short time frame of three years.

He noted that all 314 units of three and four storey shops under Phase 1 have been completed.

Food and beverage (F&B) drive-thrus such as McDonalds and KFC, which have become a landmark for the area, continue to thrive with the opening of other stores like Pizza Hut, Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa and Penang Nasi Kandar.

In addition, departmental, electronics and textile stores, coffee shops, gyms, pharmacies and convenience stores have opened up in the area.

"Many other business premises are currently under renovation, including Wisma CKH, our new 20,000 square feet (sqft) corporate office and sales gallery.

"We intend to extend our operating hours from 8.30am - 9.30pm to better serve our customers," Chong said CKH Realty has also lined up many events to take place regularly at MetroCity including Sarawak`s first mid-week market (MetroCity Rabu Market), Sarawak Motor Sports Carnival 2016, quarterly school music band and sports competitions and more.

CKH Realty is currently focused on the development of Phase 2 which features MetroCity Square, a RM300 million mixed development comprising 386 SoHo apartments, 124 arcade shops, an integrated multi-storey 600 bay car park and 22 units of premium three-storey shop offices.

The group will commence construction of the 22 units of premium commercial shop offices in March. Some of the dual-frontage shops will face the SoHo Towers and Imperial Matang, an eight-storey 220-room hotel with a Boulevard departmental store cum supermarket on the lower levels.

"We have also completed piling works for the 18-storey twin SoHo towers. The tender exercise for the construction will be completed by the end of this month.

"The tender managed to attract interest from several local and foreign-based construction companies. We expect to award the contract by April/May this year," Chong said.

Chong has projected that the entire MetroCity Square project will be completed in 36 months. He said that by that time, the new Stapok bridge and four-lane highway linking MetroCity`s western boundary will have been completed and this would complement the next thrust of the group`s development at MetroCity.

Meanwhile, some of the exciting projects CKH Realty is working on include a private international boarding school.

"We firmly believe Kuching is an ideal place for education: English, BM and Chinese are widely spoken; the weather is excellent all year round with no natural calamities to speak of while tuition fees in ringgit are much more affordable to the international market," he said.

In fact, CKH Realty lauds the introduction of direct flights between Hong Kong and Kuching as the Chinese market is a natural choice for the group.

"Sarawak has much to offer and we have received much interest regarding our boarding school initiative. The Chinese love coming to Sarawak and Kuching in particular as there is no barrier in terms of language and food.

"Sarawak is also an excellent place to learn English and even migrate to for retirement under the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme," he added.

As for CKH Realty`s next thrust of development under Stage 2, Chong revealed that it is to be completed over the period 2017 to 2030.

This would involve the creation of additional precincts: the Financial and Administrative precinct, Lifestyle precinct, two Business Park precincts, Downtown Living precinct and Themed Lifestyle and Healthcare Residential precinct The Financial and Administrative precinct comprises of grade A office buildings for banks, insurance companies and government agencies, both state and federal.

The Lifestyle precinct comprises a large-scale commercial mall (1.5 million sqft), hotel, office suites, functions and events hall, entertainment and recreational facilities.

There are also two Business Park precincts offering individual plots of land approved for SME-related office premises, showrooms, 3S outlets, executive office suites, F&B outlets or drive thrus or petrol filing station.

The Downtown Living precinct is targeted for young professionals or small families desiring the convenience and security of high-rise living with high-speed broadband connectivity. It will be situated close to the educational institutions in MetroCity.

Lastly there is a Themed Lifestyle and Healthcare Residential precinct, a gated and guarded high-end development with man-made lakes and intensive landscaping. The group has reserved an area within this exclusive precinct for the provision of aged care services.

For further information, visit the group at 500-501, Section 10, 1st Floor, Palm Court, Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce or go to their website at www.ckhrealty.com. Alternatively, contact the group at 082-425266, 082-425235 or 082-410255.

Source : The Borneo Post

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