By: Miguel R. Camus
Megaworld Corp., the listed property developer of tycoon Andrew Tan, is ramping up its presence in the Fort Bonifacio area in Taguig with the opening of two commercial centers in its Uptown Bonifacio township before the end of 2015.
Kevin Tan, Megaworld first vice president and head of its commercial division, said in a briefing on Tuesday that the projects, described as a “full-scale flagship mall and a world-class dining mall,” would increase the property firm’s commercial footprint by 110,000 square meters in gross floor area, or 36 percent.
Megaworld, best known for developing Eastwood City in Quezon City and various township projects in the country, is spending P4 billion for the two malls, which are called Uptown Place and Uptown Parade.
Tan said the projects were in response to increasing demand in the area, a mixed-use development in north Fort Bonifacio.
“We have been trying to accelerate our developments here, which is also the reason why we have decided to put our flagship mall here,” Tan said, citing the sales of its residential condominium towers in the area, as well as the take-up of office space, mainly by business process outsourcing companies.
“We are ahead of schedule,” he added.
Megaworld announced three years ago that it would spend P65 billion to build Uptown Bonifacio into its next signature urban township over a period of 10 to 20 years.
In a statement, Megaworld said Uptown Place would be a five-level upscale mall covering 85,000 sqm of retail and commercial spaces located at the heart of Uptown Bonifacio along 9th and 11th Avenues, 36th and 11th Drive.
Uptown Place will have its own food hall featuring new food concepts and international cuisines, cinemas and a rooftop sky plaza. Anchor tenants include Rustan’s Supermarket, Robinsons Appliances, Toys R Us, True Value, National Bookstore and Hamley’s, Megaworld said.
Beside Uptown Place it’s the company’s “dining mall” called Uptown Parade, a 25,000 sqm strip that is set to become Manila’s newest dining hub with an eclectic mix of specialty restaurants serving international cuisines.
“We will bring together some of the world’s most interesting restaurant and dining brands as well as the country’s best party makers in one destination,” Tan said.
Also rising in Uptown Bonifacio are luxury residential condominiums: One Uptown Residences, Uptown Ritz and Uptown Parksuites; modern office towers including the 20-story Alliance Global Tower which will serve as the headquarters of the companies under the Alliance Global Group Inc., which owns Megaworld.
SOURCE: Business Inquirer