http://www.vanguardngr.com/2010/02/15/enugu-mega-city-project-takes-off/ENUGU—WORK has commenced in earnest on the proposed multi-billion naira Enugu Centenary city, described by experts as the most ambitious and audacious real estate development project in sub-saharan Africa.
The project which is also known as the Enugu Lifestyle and Golf City, is a partnership venture between the Enugu State government and renowned estate development firm, Private Estates International (West Africa) Limited.
Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Mr. Kingsley Eze, told newsmen in Enugu at the weekend that the project was conceived by the Enugu State government as an answer to the many challenges facing the old Enugu city, adding that it was a key component of Governor Sullivan Chime’s four-point agenda.
These challenges he said, included poor town planning, dilapidated infrastructure, lack of maintenance and poor building codes, adding that the new city had been designed to change the outlook, work conditions and lifestyle of all Enugu residents.
This is a welcome development and places very critical impetus on re-engineering civil society. Enugu has been plagued with erosion problems for decades. I'm sure many of us have thought if what happened in Haiti ever happened in Nigeria, how well will our infrastructure hold not to talk of extent of casualties. Rescue operations will be a nightmare based on what we currently have on the ground. Nigerians of all persuasion should be thinking and acting proactively along this line. I'm very pleased the Enugu Megacity project is a first step in addressing this critical issue, at least for Enugu State.
The Category A villages will comprise of executive homes. These homes are targeted at the very affluent. The properties will be available on larger plots (1,200 - 3,000m2). Owners of category A plots will not be restricted to prescribed home designs. The purchaser will have complete flexibility with the home design provided it fits with the general architectural theme of the village and the overall architectural guidelines for the city. The architectural committee of the Enugu Lifestyle & Golf City must approve the plans prior to the commencement of the construction, and will continue to issue approvals at stipulated stages in the development to ensure confort.
The Category B villages are targeted at the high income or upper middle class customers. The plot sizes will range from 1,000 - 1,200m2. The main different between the Class A and Class B homes is the plot size. As with the Class A stands, Class B homes will not be restricted to prescribed home designs.
The category C plots are targeted at middle-income customers. These plots range from 250m2 (C3) to 600m2 (C2). The smaller C3 plots will house cluster homes (or apartment buildings) while the C2 plots will consist of standalone homes.
The C3 plots are smaller sized but cost more than the C2 plots because the Master Plan allows for apartment complexes on the former and not the latter. That means that a number of apartments can be accommodated on the C3 while the C2 will carry only one standalone unit.
Category F PlotsThe Category D plots will measure an average of 750m2. Only predefined styles will be allowed on the D plots. These designs will consist of flats, apartments, or condos. These homes will be built in multi-unit clusters. Although situated on smaller lot sizes, each of the homes will have an enclosed carport or garage. Although these units are smaller in size and occasionally share a dividing wall, every effort will be made to give each unit a private garden for the children to play and to keep a pet. The apartments will range from 2 bedrooms with 1 bathroom. The kitchen will be separated from a fairly sized living room. Each room will have a tall built-in closet.
The F plots is the smallest and cheapest in the community. These plots will be primarily targeted at civil servants and entry-level homebuyers. The F plots will be subsidized by the government for some of the qualifying civil servants.
..The Enugu Centenary City (The Centenary City) is the premiere lifestyle city in Africa. It is located on 1,097 hectares of rolling green savannah with the Udi hills as a picturesque backdrop. The city is designed around the style and comfort offered by the most advanced European cities whilst retaining broad African influences. Efficient management and strict design and development standards will ensure that consistent superior quality is delivered as the city evolves.
The land is located about a 10-minute drive from the Akanu Ibiam Airport, off the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway. It is in an area zoned as Independence Layout Phase 2, which is a 5-minute drive from Independence Layout Phase 1 � the highbrow residential area of Enugu. The Enugu Lifestyle & Golf City will be the best place in Nigeria to live, work, learn, play and shop.
The residential development caters for a wide range of housing needs including entry-level, middle-income, executive, and super-exclusive homes. The community will be located around an 18-hole golf course that winds itself around the entire stretch of the development. An additional, exclusive 9-hole golf course will be located within the Presidential Park Estate and will be open to only residents of this super-exclusive, ultra-secure community within a very secure Enugu Lifestyle & Golf City.
A 5-star clubhouse and hotel will be the central meeting point for residents in the community. The hotel will be built as a resort-getaway for business conferences and families desiring a vacation away from their busy daily lives. Other amenities like schools, places of worship, sports facilities, and many others will be provided to make this a self-sustaining city. No other city in Nigeria is conceived in this nature.
The commercial layout will comprise of a major shopping mall and a number of other shopping nodes. It is located on the right of the main boulevard as one exit the expressway and enters the development.
The industrial layout, on the other hand, is on the left of the main boulevard. A combination of heavy and light industries will be located in the industrial layout. The area for the heavy industries is on the outer fringe on the development bordered by the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway. The light industrial area forms an aesthetically pleasing barrier between the heavy industry and the residential development.