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Old June 29th, 2010, 12:51 PM   #1
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Mega development plan proposed for Pudu Prison land
Stories by JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ



First sight: The arch leading to the inner
sanctum of the prison's X-shaped main block.


THE land on which the 113- year-old Pudu Prison is located has been identified as one of the major sites for mega development in the Draft KL City Plan 2020.

The colonial era prison was taken over by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) in November 1996 after it was officially closed.

The land on which the prison structure stands has been earmarked for mixed development in the draft plan.

That means 70% of the land will be used for a commercial hub and 30% for residential development.

There are five plots involved in the proposed plan submitted by the UDA to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in July 2005.

Plots 1, 2 and 5 are proposed for commercial buildings, including a 33-storey office tower, a shopping complex, a 43-storey hotel tower and a 44-storey serviced apartment tower.

The old prison mosque will be maintained while plots 3 and 4 will feature two blocks of 44-storey condominiums on each plot. There is also a 1.2ha park proposed in the plan.

The proposal also involves the widening of Jalan Pudu and making a new traffic way at Jalan Changkat Thamby Abdullah to create a dedicated entrance to the development site.

The Hang Tuah monorail station will also be integrated with the proposed development site to create easy accessibility for the public.

According to DBKL town planning director Mahadi Che Ngah, the proposed plan has been discussed by the town planning committee and examined by former mayor Datuk Ruslin Hasan when UDA submitted it in 2005.

However, due to the proposal’s high density, the UDA was told to scale down the development.

“At present, the traffic condition along Jalan Hang Tuah is already bad. The developers have to find a good solution to tackle the traffic problems,” Mahadi said.

“They can perhaps employ consultants to do traffic impact studies and make proposals on improving flow,” he said.

Mahadi said a major development with such a magnitude in Kuala Lumpur would enhance the confidence of local and foreign investors to invest in the city.

“In a way, if we do not propose this site for redevelopment, we are not encouraging other dilapidated properties in the city to be redeveloped by its owner. That kind of approach is not good for the city,” he said.

“If Kuala Lumpur is not booming who will want to come to the city?” Mahadi told StarMetro during an interview last week.

Mahadi said although the Pudu Prison was a well-known historical landmark in the city centre, its large area of 8.8ha should logically be capitalised in the city’s land development usage.

He said city development planning was always about striking a balance and there would always be a conflict in ideals and perception among various interest groups.

“But, as a city maker, we have to decide what is best for Kuala Lumpur by looking at benefits it has to offer,” Mahadi said.

“If there was a strong need to maintain part of the structure of the old prison building, then we would preserve it but probably not the entire site,” he said.

Mahadi said the UDA application status had lapsed since it was rejected for revision by City Hall.

“UDA was supposed to have come back to us within 30 days but it has been three years and there is no feedback from it on the plans. Based on our standard practice, the proposal is considered lapsed,” Mahadi said.
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UDA Invest RM5 Billion Develop City Centre, Bukit Bintang
May 11th, 2010


http://www.bharian.com.my/articles/R...aPudu/Article/

IPOH, 9 Mei (Bernama) - UDA Holdings will invest RM5 billion to develop the Town Centre Bukit Bintang at the site the former Pudu Prison in Kuala Lumpur development program in 2017, said Minister of Finance II, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

He said the UDA was the redevelopment plan area of 8.6 hectares as a mixed-use development in six phases include building condominiums, hotels and commercial buildings.

"A major development plan is being prepared to make Kuala Lumpur as the leading city in Asia," he told reporters here on Sunday.

Ahmad Husni said the UDA will give priority ownership units, shops, condominiums and buildings to the natives.

He said 60 percent ownership, while remaining dedicated to indigenous ownership will be permitted for non-indigenous.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Husni said the UDA has not decided whether the implementation of development independently or in collaboration.

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RM5 billion Pudu Prison redevelopment to kick off this year
By Rosalynn Poh Wednesday, 12 May 2010 14:09



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KUALA LUMPUR: The redevelopment of the Pudu Prison site along Jalan Pudu in Kuala Lumpur is expected to commence construction by year-end.

UDA Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Jaafar Abu Hassan told theedgeproperty.com recently, that the developer is “at the tail end of finalising plans for the project and hopes to start building within this year”.

The proposed development plan includes a mall, residential and commercial components, as well as first grade offices.

Sources familiar with the development say the mega project will cover almost 22 acres made up of the Pudu Prison site as well as the adjacent field. It was reported that the developer would set aside RM5 billion for the project.

Parts of Pudu Prison were demolished after the developer handed over a portion of the site for a road expansion and tunnel project to ease traffic congestion in the area. The road expansion is slated for completion by September next year.

UDA Holdings is currently involved in upgrading works of the Puduraya bus terminal in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Jaafar said the upgrading is scheduled for completion by year-end, but expects 80% completion by mid August for Hari Raya.

“Public safety is paramount to us. It is a huge investment for us but the new layout will definitely be better. We are under pressure to perform but we hope the public would appreciate the new fully air-conditioned waiting area,” Jaafar said about the new Puduraya. The budget for the upgrading works of Puduraya is RM52 million. Currently, all bus operations in Puduraya have been redirected to Bukit Jalil.

Among the other projects currently being carried out by UDA Holdings are high-end condominiums Sinaran TTDI in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Gaya Bangsar, both in Kuala Lumpur, as well as it’s on-going township Bandar Tun Hussein Onn in Cheras and pockets of residential developments in Penang.
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Redevelopment review of Pudu Jail site
Bernama Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 23:57:00

KUALA LUMPUR: The development plan for the Pudu Jail site here will be reviewed among others to ensure Bumiputera interests are also taken care of, said UDA Holdings Bhd chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohammed.

He said other factors also had to be considered like marketing and UDA's own capabilities.

"This project might take 10 to 15 years and it is a mega project. As such, besides looking after Bumiputera interests other aspects of it also need to be fine tuned further," he told reporters after a breaking of the fast function hosted by UDA Holdings for 80 orphans from the Muassasah Darul Fuqaha and Baitu Saidati Khadijah orphanages here tonight. Also present was UDA Holdings managing director, Datuk Jaafar Abu Hassan.

Prior to this, UDA Holdings was reported to want to develop the 7.76ha site into an iconic commercial hub to be known as Bukit Bintang City Centre at a cost of RM5 billion.
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Development of former Pudu Jail site to cost RM5bil
BY THEAN LEE CHENG
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...8&sec=business



The proposed project is part of the Kuala Lumpur development master plan.
UDA took over the site in November 1996 when the prison was officially
closed. The development was first unveiled by Second Finance Minister
Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah in May.


UDA in talks with Pudu JV partners. It will remain the sole master developer

KUALA LUMPUR: UDA Holdings Bhd is talking to a few joint-venture partners to develop the former Pudu jail site and the 22-acre land next to it, but UDA will remain the sole master developer. The project is estimated to cost about RM5bil.

UDA chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said: “We will try to keep it at RM5bil.

“This is a project for the country. If we target the product well, we will be able to have a good price for the residential portion of it, even if a large portion of it will be bumiputra-owned. The Pudu Prison site will be our social responsibility.

“We must have a mix in terms of bumiputra and non-bumiputra ownership to do justice to the land value. There must be a mix. (I) don’t put a figure to it but there must be a mix.

“I want to stress that at UDA, we are clear; we take care of the bumi interest and we balance our commercial interest against our social responsibility. That applies to all our projects. We have to make money first before we can distribute.”

He said there had been a lot of speculation on who the JV partners were. There was also a lot of speculation that there would be a joint master developer, he added.

“There will be no joint master developer. We will be the sole master developer but we are talking to a few developers to be our joint-venture partners.

“So far, many developers have shown their interest but there is no decision yet,” Nur Jazlan said.

He said the joint ventures could be at the plot level, where JV partners take up one of the six plots, or it could be a joint venture to construct the buildings on the different plots.

He said it really depended on the final layout of the master plan and that he was tweaking that at the moment.

Nur Jazlan said he was making adjustment to the latest round of plans because he was taking into consideration Permodalan Nasional Bhd’s proposed plan to build a 100-storey project at the Stadium Merdeka site, which is not far from UDA’s site, as well as the 34.4ha development at Dataran Perdana, to be known as Kuala Lumpur International Financial District in Jalan Sultan Ismail near Berjaya Times Square.

New plans will be submitted by the end of the year by UDA, a government developer. “The property that is being developed around us will define our final plan,” he said.

While Nur Jazlan agrees that it should be a mixed development comprising serviced offices, residential, retail and a hotel or two, he has his own views about the form, positioning and configuration of the various components.

“We will submit new plans by the end of the year. The final project depends on market conditions as well as other properties that are being developed around us,” he said.

“Depending on the buildings and their density, the price premium that UDA has to pay the Government will vary. I want to stress the fact that the land is not given to us. Because it has a commercial title, the price of the premium will be higher.

“The first and most important question we are asking ourselves is: Do we want to rely on spillover traffic, that is, take the easy way out and just develop the place, or do we want to create a new destination? KLCC, for example, is a new destination,” he said.

The proposed project is part of the Kuala Lumpur development master plan. UDA (then known as the Urban Development Authority) took over the site in November 1996 when the prison was officially closed.

The development of the former Pudu Prison was first unveiled by Second Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah in May.

Husni said then that the mixed development project, to be known as Bukit Bintang Commercial Centre, will comprise a 33-storey office tower, a shopping complex, 43-storey hotel and a 44-storey serviced apartment.

The proposed development drew various comments from developers and property consultants. They ranged from the challenges of marketing a site where executions have taken place to the number of projects being spearheaded by the Government.

Questions have also been asked about who will occupy these various premises, which so far number about five, that the Government and government-linked companies are going to be involved in. These include the development of Sg Buloh, the Matrade development by the Naza group, the redevelopment of Kampung Baru, the Stadium Negara project, 1MDB’s works in Sg Besi and Dataran Perdana.

Some of UDA’s projects include condominiums Sinaran TTDI in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Gaya Bangsar in Bangsar, both in Kuala Lumpur. UDA is also tasked with the RM52mil upgrading works of Puduraya bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur. The Puduraya terminal would resume operations in January next year.

Nur Jazlan said while Puduraya would remain the main terminal, as the city grew it was better to have mini transport hubs in various places like Gombak, Bandar Utama, Titiwangsa Selatan and other places.
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ETP: All eyes will be on mega projects
By Kang Siew Li Published: 2010/09/20
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...etp19/Article/



ALL eyes will be on the much-touted RM43 billion Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project and development of the Rubber Research Institute (RRI) land in Sungai Buloh, Pudu Jail and the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Sungai Besi at tomorrow's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) Open Day in Kuala Lumpur, analysts say.

These are several mega projects being proposed to develop the greater Kuala Lumpur area under the federal government's ETP. They are among 131 entry-point projects (EPPs) and 60 business opportunities that came out of a series of National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) laboratories (labs) involving private and public sector participants held in June and July this year.

The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) will tomorrow reveal details of the various EPPs and obtain public feedback on them.

Similar events will be held on October 4 in Kuching, Sarawak, and October 7 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

"We are optimistic that select ideas (EPPs) highlighted, if implemented successfully, will be able to generate greater economic activity," HWANGDBS Vickers Research Sdn Bhd said in a report issued on Friday.

CIMB Research concurs.

"Our takeaway from the ETP briefing session (for analysts and senior editors respectively last Wednesday) is positive, reaffirmed by the policymakers' firm commitment towards transformational change. The ETP has laid down the necessary policy and foundational measures that are critical to the successful implementation of the 12 NKEAs," said CIMB Research in a report.

It noted that however, the total funding requirements of US$444 billion (RM1.4 trillion) for the EPPs is a "challenging target, which requires immense efforts to get buy-in from both domestic and foreign investors that Malaysia still offers great investment and business opportunities".

AmResearch Sdn Bhd believes that the Klang Valley MRT project has a high chance of taking off, "given its huge social economic benefits".

It expects investor interest to gravitate towards the massive project once feasibility studies by federal-appointed consultants are completed by the end of the month.

"This massive project was among a few projects specifically showcased during Pemandu's briefing to analysts on the ETP held last Wednesday," it wrote in a report.

"More concrete details are likely to be disclosed during Budget 2011 in October, with the expected completion of feasibility studies by independent consultants by this month-end.

"We reckon that the Gamuda-MMC joint venture is a strong contender for the MRT works due to it being the originator of the MRT proposal - solidified by its rail-based and tunneling expertise," said AmResearch.

On Friday, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim also announced that transforming Petaling Jaya as a health metropolis is one of the EPPs to be revealed tomorrow.

The project, which will start in March next year, is expected to create some 4,000 new jobs and generate an investment of about RM50 billion.
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Pudu Prison partly demolished, redevelopment next year
By Rosalynn Poh of theedgeproperty.com
Thursday, 15 October 2009 18:26
http://www.theedgeproperty.com/news-...ext-year-.html



Ongoing demolition of a section of Pudu Prison
- picture taken Oct 14, 2009 by Kenny Yap/theedgeproperty.com


KUALA LUMPUR: Parts of the century-old Pudu Prison is being demolished sparking fresh speculations that the redevelopment plans for the former prison site will begin soon.

Developer UDA Holdings Bhd however said the redevelopment of the landmark 20-acre site located near the Bukit Bintang/Jln Imbi shopping and entertainment hub might only take place sometime next year depending on the economic environment then.

Pudu Prison was built in 1895 by the British and is perhaps one of the oldest iconic landmarks in the city.

According to the company official familiar with the project, the developer has handed over the portion currently being demolished to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for a road widening and tunnel project to ease traffic congestion in the area.

The road expansion works costing some RM83 million and slated for completion by September 2011 apparently began late last week.

Earlier in June this year, UDA’s managing director Datuk Jaafar Abu Hassan told The Edge’s City & Country section that the former prison site will consist of a mixed development, and construction are expected to commence in 2Q2010 or 3Q2010, subject to market conditions. He was unable to reveal detailed information of the proposed development plans then. The project was referred to earlier as the Bukit Bintang Commercial Centre.

However, he said then that soil investigations and site studies have been carried out and plans submitted to DBKL. Jaafar also mentioned that he has been approached numerous times for joint-ventures to develop the site,
Among projects currently being developed by UDA are condominiums including Sinaran TTDI in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Gaya Bangsar in Bangsar as well as upgrading works on the Puduraya bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur.
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UDA chief says ready to reveal all bidders for Pudu Jail project
By Shannon Teoh May 24, 2011
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/m...-jail-project/

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — Accused of lying over Bumiputera involvement in the Pudu Jail redevelopment project, UDA Holdings Berhad chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (picture) said today that he is ready to release the names of the companies currently bidding to be part of the project.

The Pulai MP had said that only one of the 11 companies bidding to be part of the 7.76 hectare Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC) project was a fully-owned Bumiputera company.

But deputy Penang Umno chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir said today that there are five qualified Bumiputera companies that have placed bids with the government-owned property developer.

“I am ready to reveal the names of all companies involved in tabling proposals to redevelop Pudu Jail if the board of directors gives its permission,” Nur Jazlan said in a statement today.

He added that he did not want “to expose the companies that are involved as no deal has been made with any party yet. UDA is still getting views and information from the relevant ministries and government departments.”

Nur Jazlan added that Musa, as a fellow Umno division leader, should have sought a clarification personally.

“I am very curious as to how Datuk Musa can be so sure that there are five Bumiputera companies that have entered bids. The information is still being discussed by the board and is confidential,” he said.

Nur Jazlan has been accused by Musa and Umno’s Utusan Malaysia of ignoring Bumiputera interests in handling the project.

A similar charge against Kuala Lumpur’s Mass Rapid Transit project this month forced the project owners to adjust its pre-qualifying conditions to allow Bumiputeras to participate in the country’s largest infrastructure project.
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UDA picks Pudu Jail main developer, to get final nod
By Yow Hong Chieh June 01, 2011
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/m...-get-final-nod


Nur Jazlan said UDA must fend for itself as it no longer receives
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KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 — UDA Holdings Bhd will submit the name of its preferred joint-venture partner for the Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC) development to the Finance Ministry by this week for final approval, chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said last night.

He declined to reveal the name of the company or the number of candidates considered but stressed that the board’s unanimous decision, made yesterday afternoon, was based on commercial considerations.

It was important that the BBCC project be implemented perfectly as this was likely UDA’s last chance to secure a steady source of income and avoid “severe negative consequences” that could threaten the company’s long-term future, Nur Jazlan said.

“There is no other piece of land that UDA can develop and deliver the kind of recurring income that we need,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

He said it was an “enormous strain” on UDA to be running down the assets inherited before the company’s listing in 1986 and pointed out that there have been no additions its 400-hectare land bank since then.

Nur Jazlan said it was crucial to get UDA past this crunch period or it would “run into trouble” and put the Bumiputera agenda in jeopardy.

“UDA itself is under threat so by keeping UDA alive, we can continue to help Bumis in the longer term,” he said.

But Nur Jazlan emphasised that Bumiputera interests would be protected in the BBCC as its development would not cost UDA or see the company relinquish ownership of prime land in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle.

He said UDA would receive all due assets before the joint-venture partner sold the balance to pay off its loan.

The joint-venture partner will also have to put up a bank guarantee to cover the cost of developing UDA’s share of assets, which make up 20 to 30 per cent of the RM3-4 billion development cost, he added.

Nur Jazlan said in a statement yesterday that UDA had no choice but be competitive to survive as it no longer received any direct assistance from the government.

“Most people don’t know that UDA Holdings no longer receives any form of special treatment from the government, whether in the form of grants or cash injections or sale of land at nominal prices,” he had said.

The corporatised government agency, whose assets are estimated to be worth RM2 billion, is over RM900 million in debt and has only about RM90 million in free cash flow now.
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UDA says land sale to benefit Bumiputera agenda
The Malaysian Insider – Thu, Jun 2, 2011 By Shannon Teoh
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KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 — UDA Holdings defended today the sale of prime land in downtown Kuala Lumpur, insisting that the RM215.5 million recouped was needed to shore up its depleting cash reserves.

The agency tasked with ensuring Malays have a bigger stake in urban economy activity said that Bumiputeras would not lose out from the sale to Mutiara Goodyear which is needed to boost UDA’s coffers that stands at just RM90 million.

Chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the sale was approved by the board so that it could channel funds to develop new townships in the Klang Valley.

He said this in response to claims by right-wing Umno Youth leaders who accused UDA — formed after race riots in 1969 — of selling out Malay land by agreeing to the sale of the 1.15 hectares on Jalan Sultan Ismail.

“The sale will benefit Bumiputeras by allowing UDA to continue to be competitive with a solid financial position.

“Mutiara Goodyear offered the best price of RM1,400 per square foot as compared to the market value of RM800. Also, Mutiara Goodyear is a Bumiputera company,” the Pulai MP said.

UDA has come under fire recently from Malay hardliners in Umno and Perkasa as well as Utusan Malaysia for allegedly abandoning the Bumiputera agenda after it chose not to appoint Bumiputera joint-venture turnkey investors for the proposed Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC), located on prime land in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle.

Umno Youth information chief Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican and exco member Tengku Azman Tengku Zainol Abidin also said yesterday that the Jalan Sultan Ismail deal would hurt Bumiputera interests.

Nur Jazlan has denied these accusations, saying UDA has no choice but to be competitive as it no longer received any direct assistance from the government.

The corporatised government agency, whose assets are estimated to be worth RM2 billion, is over RM900 million in debt.

He also added today that the Jalan Sultan Ismail sale would in fact pay for the outstanding RM104 million owed for the former Pudu Jail site that is to be developed into the BBCC.

The sale to Mutiara Goodyear is currently awaiting approval from the finance ministry.
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UDA JANJI BBCC MERCU TANDA PERNIAGAAN MELAYU

Oleh ZAILANI AHMAD

24 JUN: UDA Holdings Bhd memberi jaminan akan membangunkan Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC) bernilai RM7 bilion dengan memastikan penyertaan minimum 50 peratus Bumiputera dalam projek terbesarnya itu.

Konglomerat itu akan memastikan bangsa teras menyertai setiap fasa pembangunan BBCC termasuk pembinaan, sewaan ruang niaga, pejabat dan premis kediaman di lokasi berprestij membabitkan kawasan seluas kira-kira lima juta kaki persegi.

Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani (kanan) jamin BBCC tidak akan pinggirkan Melayu.

Projek pembangunan bercampur itu merangkumi menara ikonik 88 tingkat, tiga blok pangsapuri khidmat, pusat beli belah, Design Village yang memusatkan perkampungan hasil ciptaan bakat tempatan, Malaysian Bazaar khusus bagi peniaga kecil tempatan, Music Lab, hotel 5-bintang, hab pengangkutan dan masjid.

Pengerusi UDA, Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani berkata, pada fasa pembinaan, pihaknya akan memastikan sekurang-kurangnya 50 peratus kontraktor Bumiputera mengambil bahagian dalam projek mega itu, seiring dengan agenda Program Transformasi Ekonomi.

“Bagaimanapun, kami akan memastikan hanya kontraktor Bumiputera yang berkelayakan sahaja akan dipilih menyertai projek itu dan pastinya ia tidak akan diserahkan kepada pihak ketiga,” katanya pada sidang media, hari ini.

Sehubungan itu, beliau berkata UDA telah menubuhkan satu konsortium dengan dua rakan kongsi iaitu Eco World Development Group, yang memegang 40 peratus ekuiti dan Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) dengan 20 peratus pegangan.

Menurutnya, UDA telah menilai cadangan daripada tiga syarikat dan mengenal pasti pemaju berpotensi berdasarkan prestasi kewangan dan pengalaman dalam projek mega.

“KWSP terbabit dalam projek pembangunan Stesen Tenaga Battersea di London dan begitu juga dengan Eco World, yang turut terbabit dalam projek konsortium sebelum ini.

“Kami tidak boleh gagal dalam projek ini dan ia juga adalah alasan kenapa kami mengambil masa beberapa tahun untuk menjalankan kajian sebelum memulakan projek,” katanya.

Mengenai khabar angin rundingan terus dengan Eco World, Johari berkata, syarikat tempatan telah mengemukakan cadangan untuk projek itu, tetapi Eco World dipilih berdasarkan keperluan tertentu dan kebolehannya mengendalikan projek besar.

Projek pembangunan lima juta kaki persegi itu akan merangkumi pusat beli-belah runcit, hab hiburan, pejabat strata, menara pencakar langit yang canggih dan apartmen perkhidmatan.

Model pembangunan Bukit Bintang City Centre.
“Pendapatan daripada BBCC akan disalurkan untuk membina rumah mampu milik di Kampung Baru,” katanya.

Projek itu dijangka siap dalam tempoh antara lima hingga tujuh tahun dan pendapatan berulang daripada sewa ruang dijangka mencapai RM160 juta setahun.

Sebaik saja projek mega itu siap, BBCC akan memberi peluang kepada lebih ramai usahawan Melayu dan Bumiputera untuk sama-sama berniaga di Bukit Bintang yang sudah diiktiraf sebagai pusat pelancongan terkemuka dunia.

Johari berkata, selama ini hanya segelintir kecil Bumiputera diberi peluang berniaga di sekitar Bukit Bintang seperti BB Plaza, Sungai Wang, Starhill dan Pavilion berikutan kadar sewa terlampau tinggi dan produk mereka bukan berjenama mewah.

Katanya, pelancong asing dan tempatan berbelanja berbilion ringgit setiap tahun di Bukit Bintang, malangnya Bumiputera tidak dapat menikmatinya keuntungan daripada kebanjiran mereka kerana tidak diberi peluang berniaga di situ.

Namun di BBCC, katanya, peniaga Melayu ibu kota akan diberi peluang seluas mungkin kerana UDA akan membenarkan premis perniagaan di situ menjual pelbagai produk yang bertaraf dari tiga hingga lima bintang, kata Johari.

BBCC juga bakal memiliki pusat kesenian yang standing dengan Istana Budaya dengan menghimpunkan semua pengamal muzik, filem, teater dan kesenian untuk membuat persembahan masing-masing pada ruang yang lebih kecil dan selesa.

Masalah kesesakan laluan masuk dan keluar BBCC di tapak Penjara Pudu dan kawasan sekitarnya juga sudah diambilkira dengan cadangan pembinaan stesen bas dan teksi di ruangan bawah tanah dengan prasarana yang dianggarkan bernilai RM1 bilion.– Bnbbc.my


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