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The developers of Kisumu’s Mega City and Mega Plaza malls are set to build a Sh430 million shopping complex in Kitisuru targeting wealthy and middle-income residents. PHOTO | JACOB OWITI | NATION
By MUGAMBI MUTEGI

Posted Wednesday, August 13 2014 at 20:54

In Summary
Shiloah Investments plans to construct the seven-floor mall on a 3.6 acre piece of land it acquired in the area.
The Kisumu investment firm has elaborate plans for the Kitisuru mall, with road expansions, underpasses for pedestrians and even bus stops set to be constructed to cater for the increased human and vehicular traffic in the area.


The developers of Kisumu’s Mega City and Mega Plaza malls are set to build a Sh430 million shopping complex in Kitisuru targeting wealthy and middle-income residents.




Shiloah Investments plans to construct the seven-floor mall on a 3.6 acre piece of land it acquired in the area.

Kitisuru residents currently buy their groceries at the Spring Valley shopping centre, while the Zen Garden is their nearest entertainment joint.

“The changes in living models and the creation of alternative neighbourhoods around the outskirts of the city has necessitated this kind of proposed development,” says Shiloah in a regulatory filing seen by the Business Daily.

“In this regard, the proposed project is specifically designed for middle and high-class clientele who need to enjoy the benefits of a commercial and recreational development with unique character and attractions.”

The mall, which will be 49,136 square metres in size and have 809 parking spaces, will house banks, food and beverage outlets, retail shops and children’s recreational areas.

It will also have office space, automotive shops and conferencing facilities.

“We secured the piece of land a while back in an area which we consider as prime and ready for this type of investment, it will be our first project in Nairobi,” said Mitesh Shah, one of the directors of Shiloah Investments in an interview.

Shiloah Investments has been in existence for about 15 years. It is made up of several investors who are not blood relatives.

Mr Shah said the company’s directors are yet to hold talks to secure an anchor tenant, adding this will only be done once they are given the approvals to start construction.

Mega City and Mega Plaza in Kisumu have Nakumatt Supermarket as their main tenants.

The Kisumu investment firm has elaborate plans for the Kitisuru mall, with road expansions, underpasses for pedestrians and even bus stops set to be constructed to cater for the increased human and vehicular traffic in the area.

“It is estimated that an initial total of 2,000 persons—both visitors and workers— will visit the mall daily and that this number will grow at an assumed rate of five per cent per year,” Shiloah Investment states in the filing.

“The facilities within this mall will likely operate for 18 hours a day and it is considered reasonable to spread public transport over a 12-hour period daily.”

Nairobi’s working class has increasingly been migrated to the periphery of the city, fuelling the construction of shopping malls in residential areas.The developers of Kisumu’s Mega City and Mega Plaza malls are set to build a Sh430 million shopping complex in Kitisuru targeting wealthy and middle-income residents. PHOTO | JACOB OWITI | NATION
By MUGAMBI MUTEGI

Posted Wednesday, August 13 2014 at 20:54

In Summary
Shiloah Investments plans to construct the seven-floor mall on a 3.6 acre piece of land it acquired in the area.
The Kisumu investment firm has elaborate plans for the Kitisuru mall, with road expansions, underpasses for pedestrians and even bus stops set to be constructed to cater for the increased human and vehicular traffic in the area.
 

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  • Site location: L.R. No.2951/434, along Ngecha Road in Kitisuru, Nairob
  • Site area: 3.6 acres

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  • 2nd floor: 6,105m²
  • 1st floor: 6,105m²
  • Ground floor: 6,376m²
  • Basement 01: 8,250m²
  • Basement 02: 7,475m²
  • Basement 03: 6,575m²
  • Total floorspace: 49,136m²

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Kisumu investor’s plans for 7-storey Kitisuru mall blocked
Business Daily
5 October 2014

Plans by the developers of Kisumu’s Mega City and Mega Plaza malls to build a Sh430 million shopping complex in Kitisuru have hit a brick wall after the Ministry of Land stopped the project following complaints by residents.

Shiloah Investments, a Kisumu-based company that has been in operation for the past 15 years, had intended to build a seven-floor mall on a 3.6-acre piece of land; targeting wealthy and middle-income residents of the area.

The project has, however, met stiff opposition from four resident associations that are protesting against the size of the mall, the fact that it was to be built in a residential area and claims that the development would harm the environment.

Lands director of physical planning Augustine Masinde has ordered a stop to the plans by Shiloah Investments.

“The developer wants to put up a commercial building in a residential area and if this is allowed, visitors to the mall will strain the public utilities and make the area degenerate,” Mr Masinde told the Business Daily in a telephone interview last Friday.

“The manner in which Shiloah got a change of user approval for the land from residential to commercial was also not procedural. We expect the developer and all relevant agencies to heed to what we have advised.”

Shiloah Investments had planned to build a 49,136 square metres mall housing banks, food and beverage courts, office space, automotive shops and 809 parking spaces. Regulatory filings by the developers show that they planned to expand the road and construct underpasses and bus stops.

The project was to cater for an estimated 2,000 people (visitors and workers) who the developer anticipated would be visiting the mall everyday once it opened for business.

“This (visitor) number will grow at an assumed rate of five per cent per year,” Shiloah Investment stated in its filings. “The facilities within this mall will likely operate for 18 hours a day and it is considered reasonable to spread public transport over a 12-hour period daily.”

These plans were immediately opposed by four Kitisuru residents associations who wrote a letter to the director of physical planning protesting the planned development. The associations complained that the planned mall would be seven storeys high yet the limit for the area is four storeys. They also said that the planned site presented a risk to the environment as it is flanked by a river.

Mr Masinde agreed with their views and wrote a letter to regulators including the National Environment Management Authority (Nema), Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA) and the National Lands Commission informing them of the decision to stop the development.

“Nema and WRMA be advised to withdraw their licences and any approvals they may have granted the developer following the environment impact assessment process,” the letter seen by the Business Daily reads in part.

Kitisuru is currently served by the Spring Valley shopping centre and the OiLibya petrol station.

Nairobi’s shopping malls have increasingly moved to the periphery of the city, in residential areas. Most of the malls are, however, located outside high-end residential addresses such as Kitisuru – making Shiloah’s proposed development a unique venture due its location and size.
 

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I am not a resident of Kitisuru but I am with them on this one. First of all, the site is extremely steep and not at all appropriate for a mall, let alone apartments. Also, it is adjacent to a river meaning it will be on the riparian reserve. Finally, the site is exremely scenic and building on it would destroy the character of the area.. Not that they should not develop over there, but a mall is the wrong type of development.
 
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