Thursday, July 18

Phase II of Marina Park to be launched next year

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Troy Yaw

MIRI: Miri Marina Park developer Pantai Bayu Sdn Bhd is expected to launch the second phase of its shophouse development next year following the good response to the first phase.

Executive director Troy Yaw said the resort city concept development is based on continuity and flow, flanked by two seven-storey blocks serving as a gateway into this commercial shophouse area.

There would be 140 units under Phase II, and the developer will open up between 80 and 90 units for sale at the launch by the first quarter of next year, following the first phase of 108 units of commercial shophouses which had already been sold.

The first phase included two (twin) seven-storey blocks, eight four-storey blocks and the remaining three-storey blocks, and the second phase is almost a replica of the first.

There would be a separate gateway to the respective phases of development facing the sea, and piling works for the first phase have been completed, marking the sense of urgency by the developer to build them within two years to avoid any drastic fluctuation in prices of raw materials.

The Marina Park development project over 500 acres of reclaimed land caters for commercial, residential, recreational and hotel properties.

A four-lane road on the gateway will connect this integrated park development, which would include waterways from the marina to the business area, to the present Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre.

According to Yaw, one of the link roads would be at the location of the present wet market and the other at Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre.

The present wet market would be relocated to a new venue, which Yaw said would be bigger, cleaner and a better place for traders and customers.

Meanwhile, he hoped that the city hall project would take off soon as it is important for the image of the city.

“To me it more urgent as the good image of Miri city is vital as the city council is currently still operating from the old building, and even private sector offices are way ahead, “ he said.

He was referring to the city council operating from the same municipal council administrative building of the past at Jalan Kingsway fronting the old business district.

Former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan had previously pushed for the city hall project at the new site at the Marina Park opposite Centre Point commercial centre, but there has been uncertainty following his loss in the last state election this year.