Sunday, June 15, 2008

New And Extension Of Rail Transit Line

More than one million Klang Valley residents will benefit from the much awaited new Kota Damansara-Cheras rail transit line.

The Government had earlier said the new line and extensions should be ready by 2012. Sources said with the average construction period taking three to four years, work would have to start by the end of this year.

The 40km route covers some of the most densely populated areas in the Klang Valley such as Damansara and Cheras as well as the fast growing area of Kota Damansara.

It will also serve the heart of the Golden Triangle, the business and financial hub of Kuala Lumpur.

Currently, the area is only served by KL Monorail, which is already suffering from overcrowding.

The new line, which sources said would cost between RM4bil and RM5bil and will be mostly elevated, will provide the much needed expansion to the current 56km, 48-station light rail transit network, especially in view of the rising fuel prices and the new emphasis on public transport.

The line was announced in October 2006 by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak but little has been heard about it since then.

The alignment, made available to The Star, showed the new line running from Kota Damansara along Persiaran Surian to the Damansara-Puchong Expressway and then heading towards the city centre along the Sprint Expressway, through Bangsar Baru and Jalan Bangsar.

It will then run parallel to the existing Kelana Jaya LRT line (formerly Putra-LRT) to KL Sentral, Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek before heading to the Golden Triangle along Jalan Raja Chulan.

The route will then pass Pasar Rakyat in Bukit Bintang and then Jalan Tun Razak where it will join Jalan Cheras.

It will continue along the road and the Cheras-Kajang Expressway to the Balakong interchange near Cheras Batu 11.

Passengers will be able to switch with the existing Kelana Jaya LRT line at Bangsar, KL Sentral, Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek; and the Ampang LRT line (formerly Star-LRT) at Masjid Jamek and Maluri.

There will be around 30 stations along the line, including the interchange stations.

Sources said the route was a “desktop alignment” which would form the basis for the eventual line. The number of stations has also not been finalised.

The final alignment and number of stations is unlikely to vary in any major way from the “desktop” plan.

As with the other lines, the new line will be owned by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd and operated by RapidKL.

While the Government has yet to announce when work will begin on the new line, sources pointed to the “positive statements” by Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop after a briefing session with Backbenchers last Thursday.

Nor had announced that public transport would be getting more incentives, allocations and assistance in Budget 2009 and future budgets.

Sources said the Government was also currently conducting the mid-term review of the 9th Malaysia Plan and there were concerted efforts to get the new line in.

Besides the new line, the Government is also trying to get extensions to the Kelana Jaya and Ampang Lines started.
The extensions will cover Subang Jaya, USJ, Kinrara and Puchong and meet at Putra Heights.

Source: The Star, 15 June 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Sales Better Than Expected

Baiduri Courts sales better than expected, says TAHPS

TAHPS Group Bhd, formerly known as The Ayer Hitam Planting Syndicate Bhd, said its recently launched residential units have achieved better-than-expected sales.

The Baiduri Courts, which has a gross development value of RM33.2 million, has achieved RM13 million in sales in just one week since its launch on April 26.

Baiduri Courts is developed by its subsidiary Bukit Hitam Development Sdn Bhd, the township of Bukit Puchong.
"Baiduri Courts was sold out faster than we had expected. This achievement is testimony to our commitment in providing not just quality homes for our residents but also a good living environment, a key success factor for our growing township.

"The location of our development, with easy access to major parts of the Klang Valley, is a huge advantage.

"We are certainly taking full advantage of these elements and it has proven to be fruitful with the excellent sales of our products for the past two years," said Bukit Hitam general manager Lim Jee Kong.

Baiduri Courts comprises 400 units of three-bedroom apartments, located in two blocks of 10-storey buildings contained within the main central parameter fencing. Each unit is sized at 774 sq ft and sold for RM72,000 onwards.It comes with a children’s playground, badminton and volleyball courts, a multipurpose hall and a surau.

The company also develops Parkville Townhouses, of which 90 per cent have been sold within two months.
Source: NST, 09 June 2008

Laman Granview @ Puchong

Laman Granview By IJM Properties

Sweet morning dew fills the air. Cooling breezes caress your skin. And the morning sun's gentle whispers permeate your window, beckoning you to rise. You thought life could have never been better, until a breathtaking vista greets your sight... In Laman Granview, waking up is such a pleasurable experience, especially when you're living in an exclusive hilltop sanctuary. Blissfully removed from the frenetic metropolis of high rises, massive crowds, endless traffic and relentless noises, this haven is enveloped in a cocoon of quiet and privilege, a place just for the crème de la crème, like you.

Taman Meranti Jaya Puchong

Since its establishment in 1979, Tanming Berhad Group of Companies has built up a solid reputation as a developer of high quality and well designed residential, industrial and commercial projects. It has never failed in its commitment to its purchasers and tenants to meet their high expectations of not only excellent quality but also delivery of their units within agreed time frame.

Tanming Boulevard is the latest commercial hub component in Taman Meranti Jaya Puchong, that is taking the thriving township to greater heights. Featuring contemporary designs, this business centre caters to both the business needs and investment opportunities of buyers.

Developed by Wandeerful Property & Development Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tanming Bhd, Taman Meranti Jaya is located on 232 acres of Freehold land in Puchong.

The RM216.4 million township comprising residential, commercial and industrial properties is currently about 70% completed and its latest Phase 4 comprises 82 units of three-storey shop-offices.

With a Gross Development Value (GDV) of RM88 million, Tanming Boulevard offices face the main road of Taman Meranti Jaya and Jalan Puchong offering main road frontage and direct access. The three-storey shop-offices, which feature sleek glass facades have column-free wide frontages ranging from 25ft. to 50 ft. providing spacious lots for businesses.

The development boasts superb accessibility with many entry and exit points via Jalan Meranti Jaya and Jalan Puchong (both roads are 4-lanes dual carriage-way). It is also linked to a network of expressways such as the LDP, NKVE and KESAS Highway.

The 800,000 resident population, from the surrounding townships create abundant business opportunities for business outlets. Established amenities and facilities in the vicinity include schools, a Petronas outlet, clinics, playground and a wide variety of shops, making it a commercial haven.

The soon to be launched HERO Supermarket and other retail and service outlets will serve as crowd puller and are bound to attract high retail traffic volume. Tanming Boulevard has ample car parking bays with an impressive 720 car park bays available for the 82 shops units.

Taman Putra Prima By Plenitude Berhad

Plenitude Permai Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Sepang Permai Sdn Bhd) was incorporated in 1994 with its main business activity in property development. Its current development is a 451.63 acres mixed-development project called Taman Putra Prima in the district of Sepang, Selangor, well within the Multi Media Super Corridor (MSC) development area. Taman Putra Prima is set to experience tremendous growth as it is in the middle of the growth belt of Kuala Lumpur, Puchong and Cyberjaya. The properties are expected to appreciate in value with time as it is easily accessible from all areas. It is only 5 & 12 km from Cyberjaya and Putrajaya respectively and linked to major highways via a network of interchanges and roads.
Besides the investment potential, Taman Putra Prima is a well-planned township that caters to the modern lifestyle. It boasts of a "Linear Green Concept" whereby there are green lungs planned in a linear fashion and surrounded by a wide range of amenities and facilities. The housing development of Taman Putra Prima has been very well received thus far and there are more phases yet to come

Major infrastructure facilities are currently available for the entire Puchong/Sepang districts especially since the area falls within the MSC Corridor. The area is linked by a comprehensive road network system. Existing infrastructure available are water, electricity and gas supply and telecommunications facilities. On the telecommunications front, local infrastructure has been provided in Taman Putra Prima to facilitate fibre optic cabling installation and implementation. Taman Putra Prima is also set to benefit from the Petronas gas pipeline that has been laid out at the northern boundary, once it is commissioned.

The entire development of Taman Putra Prima is expected to be completed by year 2012 and is in 30 phases. With more than 68% of the development planned for the medium cost residential property and 23% for low cost apartments to meet the demand for affordable housing, Taman Putra Prima is poised to be well received by the .

Friday, June 13, 2008

MPSJ Starts Building Drain To Elleviate Flood Woes

Instant action – that’s what the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) took the day after its president inspected Kampung Tengah 13th Mile Puchong, Selangor, following a flood.

The MPSJ started work to construct a new drain yesterday as an immediate measure to alleviate flood woes there.

MPSJ president Datuk Adnan Md Ikhsan had accompanied senior state executive councilllor and Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok to visit the site on Tuesday to look for the best solution to the problem.

The 100m-long drain being built on state land runs parallel to the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP).

Construction of the drain is scheduled to be completed by the weekend, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Adnan said the land on which Kampung Tengah is located is low-lying and any heavy downpour would result in flooding as there is no channel for water to flow out.
“Previously, the water could flow out to the back but the land belongs to a private individual, who has built a retaining wall and raised the level of the earth, resulting in a higher land foundation now,” Adnan said.
“Even the drainage was sealed up. Therefore, the water could not flow out during the recent downpour,” he said.
Adnan said the new drain would allow the water to flow out. “The water would be able to flow out once this culvert is ready,” he said.
This is the second time that the council has carried out drain construction in the area.
Adnan said Kampung Tengah 13th Mile is a big area and after the first drain was built at another spot, water flow has improved and the council has not received any flood reports until the latest downpour.
The MPSJ, meanwhile, urged for the residents to pay up their assessment taxes so that it has sufficient funds to carry out maintenance works in their area.
Source: The Star, 12 June 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Centre Gets Another Dialysis Machine

A new dialysis machine is now available at the SSL Haemodialysis Welfare Foundation's Dialysis & Stroke Rehab Centre in Puchong, thanks to the donation of TFP Solutions Bhd.

At a ceremony to hand over the machine to Sau Seng Lum (SSL), TFP Solutions Bhd managing director Alex Lim said the AK96 machine, priced at RM45,000 under a three-year warranty, was imported from Sweden.

“It has new and more effective features that will benefit both patients and the centre,” he added.

The foundation’s vice-president, Wong Peng Wah, said with the donation of the machine, both its centres in Petaling Jaya and Puchong had a total of 99 machines.

“We have 210 patients at both centres and each comes in 13 times a month for treatment. The fees are subsidised and so they pay about RM600 a month, compared with RM4,000 at other centres,” he said.

Other than subsidised dialysis and stroke treatments, the centre also aims to help reduce the burden of long-term medical care on families through the provision of education, preventative-care, early diagnosis of diseases and rehabilitation.

Among the guests who attended the handover ceremony were Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok and Sweden embassy charge d'affaires Eva Nilsson Mansfeld.

Kok applauded TFP Solutions' corporate social responsibility efforts.

“There is a growing need for businesses to take a partnership role with government and state bodies, in addressing community issues,” she said.

TFP Solutions is also having three other projects – Adopt A Patient, Adopt A Home and Adopt A Charity – to subsidise treatment cost of poor patients at the Caring Dialysis Centre in Puchong, provide support to an orphanage or old folks home throughout the year, and channel its sales profit to a certain charity.

SSL Dialysis & Stroke Rehab Centre is at Lot PT-39480, Jalan Industri PBP 3, Taman Industri, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong. Tel: 03-5882 9181.
Source: The Star, 11 June 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Opening Of Link Road Delayed

The completion date of the much-awaited link road between Bandar Puchong Jaya Selatan and Pusat Bandar Puchong in Selangor has been delayed again due to shoddy work.

Senior state executive councillor and Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok, accompanied by officers from the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) engineering department and several residents, visited the site on Tuesday and found the condition of the road deplorable.

Still in a mess: The MPSJ will give the contractor another month to rectify the faults.

The project was originally scheduled to be completed by March 13, but two months after the deadline, cracks have appeared in certain parts of the 300m two-way road.

Pointing out the uneven surface on a particular stretch of the road, Pusat Bandar Puchong Residents Association president Awies Ung said the road had sunken even before it was opened to public.
Teresa even described the tar pavement as being like “a thin layer of kaya spread on bread”.

According to a MPSJ spokesman, the construction work has not been completed, as can be seen from the bare road shoulders that are rocky and muddy.

The MPSJ officer said the council would give another month for the contractor to complete the job.

“We do blacklist contractors whose do shoddy work,” he said.

The officers said the MPSJ would inspect the road after the repair work had been done.

Ung, meanwhile, suggested that streetlights and guardrails be installed for the safety of road users.

“There is also a need to build sound barriers to curb noise pollution which is affecting residents living along the two sides of the road,” he said.

The MPSJ officer agreed to look into the requests, but suggested that instead of a wall, it would be better to have trees planted on the road shoulders.

“A wall might be an eyesore, so why not plant leafy trees to act as a sound absor-ber,” he said.

The link road is meant to help solve the massive traffic jam along the Damansara Puchong Highway (LDP).

It links Jalan Serindit in Bandar Puchong Jaya Selatan and Persiaran Wawasan in Pusat Bandar Puchong and will benefit many motorists as they can bypass the LDP to get to their destinations.
Source: The Star, June 5, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Taman Tasik Puchong - LBS

Located 12 Miles of Jalan Puchong, Taman Tasik Puchong project is a joint venture project between Azam Perspektif Sdn Bhd, State Secretary Selangor and Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad. It is strategically located near the robust Puchong, USJ and Subang Jaya corridor.

Development of this project is diligently planned with each home meticulously designed to exude a sense of elegance throughout. Taman Tasik Puchong is connected via an integrated network of highways, traveling within the vicinity is a breeze without traffic congestion and surrounded by a comprehensive range of modern amenities.

Primary & secondary schools, commercial centre, recreational park, medical facilities, police station, mosques, kindergarten, Binary college.

D'Alpinia By Hap Seng

D' Alpinia presents a selection of four unique, contemporary and modern lifestyle concepts for the discerning home owner. It is a low density and gated development strategically located within the Southern Golden Triangle of Puchong, Seri Kembangan and Putrajaya, with direct access from the LDP expressway. Easily accessible, D' Alpinia is surrounded by a host of vibrant and fast growing residential and commercial developments. Enjoy a wide range of amenities such as restaurants, shops, cafes and shopping complexes, all conveniently located within the neighbourhood. D' Alpinia is just 10 minutes from the IOI Mall, 13 minutes to Alamanda Putrajaya and 4 minutes to Jaya Jusco Superstore in Seri Kembangan. All houses in D' Alpinia are designed with an attractive facade and practical layout in mind so that accessibility to the greenery of outdoor parks and recreational facilities are easy. Surrounded by perimeter fencing, each individual precinct will have only a single entrance/exit and equipped with its own security guardhouse to provide residents with total peace of mind.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

IOI Intellicity, A Premier Corporate Address

The MSC and the millennium are closely linked and it is hard to think of one without the other. Indeed, the way we work, conduct our business and even the way we live have all evolved according to the technology that we now possess. IOI Intellicity provides the unique opportunity to follow this revolutionary process to its ultimate vision. To have a working environment that is both in harmony with nature, and at the same time, offers the latest in this age of technological advancement.

IOI Intellicity, spanning 400 acres, makes up the commercial hub of Bandar Puteri Puchong, an integrated township of 930 acres. Investing in IOI Intellicity holds great potential, especially for investors in the following fields: corporate; education; research; banking; retail; medical; entertainment and hospitality. We welcome you to the new millennium and to an ideal business environment
The location of IOI Intellicity within the MSC offers multiple expressway access to strategic locations. Those living around and working in IOI Intellicity can gain access to: Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya via Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong or Shah Alam Expressway and Lebuhraya Puchong-Sungai Besi Putrajaya or Cyberjaya via Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong or North-South Central Link Expressway.
In addition to its location and accessibility, IOI Intellicity also gives you the chance to own land and to build your own building. And all this at very attractive prices. IOI Intellicity is an investment opportunity with great potential because of its location within the MSC, its freehold status, its accessibility to major expressways, its infrastructure that gives
convenience & reliability and its stress-free environment
All components of IOI Intellicity - offices, shops, hotels, medical centres, colleges, research hubs and homes will be connected via a network of high capacity fibre optic. A myriad of possibilities will emerge from these connectivities encompassing the fields of E-shopping, E-banking and Telemedicine.
IOI Intellicity provides access to your business requirements as well as personal needs… all within a close vicinity.
IOI Intellicity merges the best of modern technology and the inherent need for nature in a symbiotic manner. The landscaped environment consists of a 15-acre central park with reflexology paths, shaded park benches, park tables and fountains. Further areas of greenery that become focal points for businesses surrounding them. Central park and other green areas are interconnected with wide walkways, shaded either by trees or by pergolas. Plazas and gardens that allow for the synergy of a like-minded community.
We offer turnkey construction for your convenience, so you can own a building that is tailored to your exact business
needs and requirements.You can depend on us to provide comprehensive solutions in design, construction and management. We are capable of catering to all your needs, whether you require a conventional building or intelligent automation systems that feature
- Temperature, humidity and air quality control
- Advanced security and safety systems
- High level of individual control
- Structured IT cabling and networking
The decision to invest in IOI Intellicity should be based on the knowledge that it is backed by two reliable public - listed companies IOI Corporation Berhad and IOI Properties Berhad.With a combined track record spanning over 30 years, they provide quality products and superior value services.
With such a foundation, IOI Intellicity is poised to be a premier corporate address for the discerning investor.

Bandar Kinrara By Island & Penisular

Bandar Kinrara sits on 1,904 acres of undulating land. The township was launched in 1991 and is now approximately 80% developed. Located strategically between Kuala Lumpur and Puchong, it is accessible via the Sg. Besi–Puchong and the LDP Expressways. A peaceful and well-structured township, Bandar Kinrara offers a variety of products to cater to everyone, from double-storey terrace houses to double-storey bungalows. It has also recently launched townhouse villas.

Bandar Kinrara is proud of its 18-hole public golf course and club house. It is also the first township to build an international cricket pitch in its area. At present, we have six completed schools in our township, a mosque, petrol kiosk, shops and a food court. Future development will include more schools, shops, a police station and a health centre.

Offering freehold tenure, easy accessibility, convenience and close distance to neighbouring shopping centres like Giant, Tesco, Jaya Jusco and Carrefour, Bandar Kinrara has offered good returns and proved to be a sound investment to its homebuyers.

With Bukit Jalil just five kilometres away, the township was conceived as a satellite sporting community. The large land available allowed I&P to build a wide array of sporting and recreational facilities such as an 18-hole golf course, an 18-acre sports center comprising football fields and a cricket and rugby complex. Open spaces are not left to waste. Activity centers are created from these, which are equipped with specific facilities such as basketball courts, badminton courts, jogging tracks, bicycle tracks and in-line skating tracks. In addition, residents have the use of the tennis courts and swimming pools at the RM26 million Kinrara Golf Club.

Other amenities include a 28-acre town centre, 17 schools, a health centre, 15 surau, a mosque, 14 kindergartens, eight multipurpose halls, a police station, temples and petrol stations by the time the township is completed

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Puchong Gateway

Puchong Gateway is 52 acres of prime commercial land strategically situated right next to the LDP. Tipped to be the next hottest commercial spot in Puchong, it's the perfect hot spot for business, dining, recreation, shopping and lifestyle opportunities.A futuristic development concept that will revolutionize lifestyle and entertainment, Puchong Gateway will bring an exciting mix of corporate, commercial and retail business together in one hot spot, promising good times and excitement for everyone.

Phenomenal growth in Puchong has tripled property prices in the area in as little as 3 years.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Taman Tasik Prima Puchong

The 345-acre Taman Tasik Prima township, which revolves around a majestic 200-acre natural lake, is Puchong's premier lake front township community. The development features a wide range of products that promises a 'resort lifestyle' in a safe and friendly environment. Taman Tasik Prima is a low density development with more than 40 percent of land use dedicated to landscaping/recreational lake. The gated and guarded community feature a central park in each precinct.

Upon full completion, the pleasant surroundings will make a perfect setting for water sports and recreational activities including boating, fishing, outdoor exercise and picnics.

Taman Tasik Prima is developed by Prima Nova Harta Development Sdn Bhd, a joint venture with Bolton Berhad.

Existing Amenities In The Vicinity:
Schools & Kindergartens
Shops & Food courts
Clinics & Private Hospital
IOI Mall, Tesco & Giant Hypermarkets
A Public Transportation Station

Planned Amenities:
Kindergartens, Primary & Secondary Schools
A Lakeside Commercial Village
Shopping Mall, Lakefront Boulevard & SOHO Apartment
Education Institution & Medical Center
Drive-In Fast Food Outlet, Petrol Kiosk & Hawker Kiosk
Police Station & A Multi-Purpose Hall
Water Sports & Recreational Facilities Such As Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Boating & Fishing
Central Parks With Children’s Playground & Gazebo Area, Shoreline With Jogging Path & Viewing Deck.

The Growth Of Mutiara Indah Puchong

Prospective home-owners eyeing the thriving township of Puchong will no doubt add Mutiara Indah to their list of must-see property developments.

Spanning 82 acres, Mutiara Indah is strategically located in the south-east section of the Puchong town centre.
Neighbouring property developments include Taman Bukit Puchong, Saujana Puchong and Laman Granview.

This development is easily accessible via Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), Shah Alam Expressway, KLIA Dedicated Highway and the South Klang Valley Expressway.

This mixed development project is undertaken by Ehsan Armada Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malton Berhad, listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia.

As a group, Malton is working towards raising its brand profile with more innovative residential projects at affordable prices.

At Mutiara Indah, there will be two gated communities within the development. The first gated community will house 186 units under Phase 1A while the second one in subsequent phases will comprise 427 homes.

In total, the project will feature 613 linked semi-detached homes, double-storey terraced units, cluster houses and 20 units of shop offices for a gross development value (GDV) of RM233mil for phase 1 to phase 3.

Mutiara Indah offers a green environment to live in.

Both newly-launched phases emphasise an overall concept that offers a Gated-Ready Community with perimeter fencing and guard house with 24-hour security. In addition, Mutiara Indah offers 0% Interest Instalment Programme for the first 10% down payment.

Besides Central Park for residents, home-owners will no doubt also appreciate: * Security Alarm System * Water Filtration System * Automatic Main Gate * Motion Detector Lighting System

The first three phases of development of Mutiara Indah will take five years and construction is expected to be completed by 2010. Phase 4 of the development is in the planning stage. With buyers becoming more security conscious, gated projects are attracting more interest. Mutiara Puchong certainly satisfies the requirements and at the same time offers a secure environment at a very reasonable entry level to own a gated-community home.

Meanwhile, several landmarks have come up in Puchong, such as the Giant and Tesco hypermarkets, educational institutions like Universiti Putra Malaysia and the Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology. There is also a proposed commercial development known as the Puchong Gateway.

Sited within the vibrant township of Puchong, Mutiara Indah's convenient location and easy accessibility will make it highly popular not only amongst business owners but also young professionals seeking a brand new neighbourhood to relocate.

Source: The Star, 05 May 2008

Trinity Upbeat On PT19 Residency, Bandar Bukit Puchong

Trinity Towers Sdn Bhd is optimistic that the bungalows at its PT19 Residency development in Bandar Bukit Puchong will be fully taken up by August.

The development, comprising 24 units of three-storey garden villa bungalow, has achieved a 40% take up since its launch in March, said managing director Datuk Neoh Soo Keat.

“We have had buyers from Subang, Petaling Jaya, Bangi and within Puchong itself,” Neoh told StarBiz.

Located on two acres of 99-year leasehold land, the PT19 Residency project has a gross development value of RM20mil and is expected to be completed in 18 months.

The guarded and gated enclave would have round-the-clock CCTV surveillance and lush greenery surrounding the development.

The garden villas come in two types, comprising built-up areas of 3,529 sq ft and 3,588 sq ft with price tags ranging from RM848,000 to 877,000.

With readily available infrastructure and amenities, residents could enjoy the value of the development the moment they moved in, said Neoh.

“PT19 Residence is five minutes' away from shopping complexes like Giant, Tesco and Jusco. It is also directly connected to the NKVE and Kesas highway,” he added.

Neoh said people were impressed with the designs of the garden villas.

“Many people think Puchong is a very conventional area. Our designs are anything but conventional,” he said.

“It is also part of our philosophy to develop projects that have value and quality. We want our projects to be reputable developments."

PT Residency is the second project by Trinity Towers. Its first, a high-rise condominium, The Heron Residency, was launched in 2005 and has been fully taken up.

“Our Heron Residency project is located just next to PT19 and the value of the property has appreciated about 30% since its launch,” said Neoh. “We expect the value of our PT19 project to achieve an appreciation of up to 35% in three years,” he added.

Trinity Tower’s next project is a mixed development, Bandar Kinrara 9, situated near Bukit Jalil. “We hope to launch that project in August,” said Neoh.

Source: The Star. 02 June 2008

Puchong Hartamas Residents Satisfied With Developer's Efforts

Safety is an issue close to everyone’s heart and the 24-hour security system at Puchong Hartamas Kim Crest is definitely a pull factor that attracts house buyers.

They are happy that they can worry less about burglaries, break-ins, thefts and robberies in the neighbourhood with the hourly patrols and single entrance-cum-exit.

Businessman Chin Foo Heng said the tight security was what spurred him to move from Bandar Puchong Jaya to Puchong Hartamas early this year.

“My previous housing area was not as safe. Here, we once forgot to close the front door for the whole night and nothing happened,” he said.

Another house owner, Polly Lim Poh Lee, echoed Chin’s views.

“Since the neighbourhood is gated and guarded, we feel safe allowing our kids to play outdoors,” said the marketing manager who is the mother of two children.

Besides the security system, many of them were attracted by the tranquillity and cosiness of the neighbourhood near Bandar Puteri.

“It’s exclusive and quiet, while my previous neighbourhood was too crowded,” Chim Weng Cheong, who moved into Puchong Hartamas last month with his wife and one-year-old daughter, said.

“This is like a quiet place next to a bustling city and my tension from work disappears as soon as I come home to a relaxing environment,” Chin added.

Lim added that with the streetlights being turned on at night, the neighbourhood projects a totally different view and it is very attractive.

The owners find the house designs appealing too.

“The squarish living room and dining hall, as well as the staircase, are well designed. It’s clean-cut. The workmanship is good, too,” said Chim.

Kevin Phang, who has just moved into his new house in mid-April, said the house is spacious and can accommodate his parents, twin brother, his wife and himself.

He is also particularly satisfied with the developer’s quick response to rectify the minor defects.
“They are very helpful and they meet the customers’ needs,” the 32-year-old said.

There are 246 units - double-storey and 2½-storey link houses - in Puchong Hartamas Kim Crest.

House owners pay monthly fees for the security and cleanliness of the common area, which are carried out by a maintenance company appointed by the developer.
Source: The Star, 31 May 2008

Postcodes In Puchong Changed Last Year

The postcode change in Puchong was meant to facilitate easier identification of mail delivery borders and categorising of postmen, explained Pos Malaysia.

It is also said to enable developers of new housing areas to get their postcodes right.

Pos Malaysia Selangor deputy state manager and chief of mail operation Ab Aziz Othman said the restructuring of postcodes in Puchong was for the benefit of all as Puchong was becoming increasingly densely populated with the mushrooming of new developments and housing areas over the years.

“We had actually applied to our headquarters for approval for this restructuring exercise in April last year. Approval was given a month later, in May, and we immediately implemented the change,” said Ab Aziz.

Changes inevitable: Kow (left) and Ab Aziz showing the flyers that state the new postcodes for the residential areas in Puchong.

He said it had already been a year since the change was implemented and claimed that flyers were distributed to households to inform the residents of the exercise.

Pos Malaysia explained the change at a press conference called by the office of Seri Serdang assemblyman Datuk Satim Diman.

While Satim was not present at the meeting, his two special assistants Awtar Singh and Kuan Chee Heng were, as was former Kinrara assemblyman Dr Kow Cheong Wei.

Recently, groups of residents in Pusat Bandar Puchong were upset and expressed bewilderment over the change in the postcodes of their residential area, claiming that they had not been notified prior to the change.

They said the new postcodes were inconveniencing them as they would have to notify their banks and credit card companies, and were worried that their bank statements and letters would not reach them if the old postcodes were used.

Ab Aziz explained that the first two digits in a postcode indicated the state, while the last three digits indicated the mail delivery zone and the postman in charge of delivering the mail.

“Even if the postcode is the old one or a wrong one, as long as the recipient's address is correct, I can promise you that the mail will reach the correct destination.

“If the address is wrong but the word ‘Puchong’ is written, then we assure you that we will still try our best to find the place,” he told several residents who were present.

Asked why this matter was only brought up recently by residents when the change had been implemented a year ago, Ab Aziz said people might not have given much thought to the flyers distributed previously and only became aware of the exercise following the change in postcode digits on signages put up by the local councils.

He said the Selangor post management and headquarters had been closely monitoring the rapid development in Puchong before deciding to implement the exercise.

Asked whether the new postcodes were permanent or if there were more changes in the pipeline, Ab Aziz said he did not foresee changes in the short term.

Kow said Puchong had over 60 housing estates with more than 275,000 residents living in over 100,000 homes.
“Previously, things like credit cards and bank loans were not commonplace. However, over the years, with these things becoming commonplace, the volume of mail, too, has increased,” he said.

“Therefore, we have to accept upgrading, and this may take some time. It's inevitable although we know that some of us may face problems initially.”

He added that he never failed to meet up with Pos Malaysia officers every year to show them his gratitude and offer encouragement and support, which would in turn improve their productivity.

“So far, my service centre has also not received complaints from residents about loss of letters,” he said.

At present, there are a total of 74 delivery postmen in Puchong who have to deliver an average of over 60,000 mail items daily in the township.

Meanwhile, the change in postcode is said to be only a mechanism and not a bill that has to be gazetted.

Puchong branch delivery manager Anwar Kamirun also highlighted the obstacles faced by postmen daily when delivering mail.

Among them are the disturbance of stray dogs prowling the streets and pet dogs within house compounds but which are not leashed or are tied near the mailbox.

He also cited defective and improper mailboxes, into which the postmen had difficulty placing the letters.

“I sincerely hope that residents will cooperate with us so that postmen can handle their jobs more easily and quickly,” said Anwar.

Ab Aziz suggested that residents might want to start updating their new postcodes on computer and send letters to relevant agencies and authorities to notify them of the change.

“We will undoubtedly encounter complaints, but we will try to fulfil the demands that come with this change,” he said.
There are three post offices in Puchong, located in Puchong Perdana, Bukit Puchong and Tesco Puchong, and a mini post office in Giant at Bandar Puteri.

For more information, call 03-5519 8585. (The list of new Puchong postcodes was published in StarMetro on May 29.)
Source: Lim Chia Ying, The Star, 02 June 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pearl Of Puchong

In the Klang Valley, there are a few locations that can do no wrong places where buyers will be willing to call home because of its centrality, accessibility and amenities.

Puchong in Selangor is such a place, having matured from its quarrying and estate past over the last two decades to become one of the most sought-after addresses for both first-time owners and upgraders.

Starting out as an area to satisfy basic housing needs, it has steadily evolved to match increasing affluence and expectations, and with the 82-acre Mutiara Indah by Ehsan Armada Sdn Bhd (EASB), buyers can look forward to living in a gated-and-guarded enclave loaded with space and resort-style overtones.

In the latest phase of the RM280 million development situated in the southeast of Puchong town centre, EASB, a subsidiary of public-listed Malton Bhd, has two types of houses available to suit different budgets.

At the sub-RM300,000 mark (from RM291,834 to be exact), it has 145 units of double-storey terraces with standard dimensions of 22ft by 70ft.

Inside, the units will come with four bedrooms inclusive of a private study and walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom, three bathrooms and separated dry and wet kitchens.

Built-up areas range from 2,089sq ft for an intermediate to 2,290sq ft for a corner.

With slightly more than twice the budget (from RM662,625), buyers can set their sights on one of the 24 units of two-and-a-halfstorey link bungalows fashioned from 48ft by 70ft of land.

These will accommodate two master bedrooms with premium en-suites and three bedrooms with deluxe en-suites in between 3,487sq ft and 3,812sq ft of space.

Buyers will also be entitled to the chance of putting a BMW 320i in their car porch.

Every bungalow includes "hisand- hers" wash basins in two bathrooms, a water filtration system, security alarm system, motion detector lights, automated main gate and three-phase power supply.

Aside from the terraces and bungalows, the other components of Mutiara Indah are 186 units of two- and two-and-a-halfstorey link semi-detached houses, 20 shop-offices, 118 link semidees and 39 superlinks.

Being developed on elevated land, the development is accessible to Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya via the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), the Shah Alam Expressway, the North-South Central Link and the South Klang Valley Expressway.

Within a 5km radius of it are institutions of higher education, banks, hypermarkets, shopping malls, entertainment outlets and golfing greens, while its neighbours include the ongoing townships of Taman Bukit Puchong, Saujana Puchong and Equine Park.

Cyberjaya and Putrajaya are 15 minutes away.
Source: NST, 22 October 2007

Lake Edge Sets New Benchmark For Resort Living

SOME property developers are like magicians. Like magicians who can turn a toad into a prince, developers such as YTL Land & Development Bhd can also transform a 100-acre leasehold land beside a former mining lake in Puchong into a fairly high-end residential enclave called the Lake Edge.

The name is apt as this gated and guarded community is beside a former mining pond where part of it has been turned into a nice park.

It is a quiet haven, cloistered from bustling Puchong where the Tesco hypermarket is a mere stone's throw away.

Indeed the Lake Edge has been transformed beyond recognition into the best residential development in Puchong!

Gurkha guards check on everyone at the guardhouse. The state-of-the-art security with perimeter fencing and panic buttons in every house also give residents peace of mind.

Unlike some neighbouring projects that still adopt conventional designs, the Lake Edge houses are all landed and “speak” the same architectural language featuring a collection of courtyard, terrace, semi-detached homes and bungalows, all with clean-cut designs and wide-open windows in a pleasant surrounding.

For example, there are broad curved streets to promote a safe environment for residents particularly children, thus creating a picturesque effect.

The Water Edge (a chic waterfront esplanade with a skate park, water promenade, and nice playground equipment) and Linear Park (meandering forest footpath, spice garden, and reflexology trail) all foster healthy living and a peaceful environment.

A modern clubhouse, completed about a year ago, now stands beside the lake. The moderate size clubhouse is for the residents' exclusive use. It boasts of a nice swimming pool, a cafe on the first floor and tennis and basketball courts.

Behind is a big open space planted with trees, children's playground, boardwalk, jogging track and a row of 33 units of Promenade Terraces houses overlooking a small lake.

These 24ft x 85ft houses with 3,430 sq ft built-up area were completed last October and the last few units are being offered for sale from RM799,000. The 350 sq ft master bedroom on the top floor has an attached bathroom, and an exotic outdoor shower area.

Some of the purchasers have also moved into their Pavilion (37 units) and Garden Terraces (47 units) 22ft x 100ft homes. They were handed over around last July.

When these 4+1-room, 2½-storey houses were launched a few years ago, they drew many people with their innovative concepts.

Buyers are offered a choice of a spacious living room (housed in a pavilion) overlooking a 20ft private back garden for the Pavilion Terraces (RM680,000/3,186 sq ft built-up) where the Phase 1 units have been sold out and an outdoor jacuzzi for the Garden Terraces (from RM582,000/3,117 sq ft).

Both types have 4+1 rooms. Prices of some of the houses are said to have gone up by 50%.

The first to be launched were the 192 units of two-storey 24ft x 85ft Courtyard Homes. Phase 1 that was sold out within three days of official launch in April 2004 was completed in January 2006.

They have two built-up sizes of 2,583 sq ft and 2,560 sq ft and were priced from RM380,000 to RM788,000.

Everything looks fine except the rubbish compartment that is rather small. YTL Land should perhaps plant some tall pine trees so that they could serve as a natural boundary and partly block the not-so-nice view of other housing projects.

The developer Pakatan Perakbina Sdn Bhd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of YTL Land) will be launching the Parkville, an exclusive collection of eight semi-detached houses and eight bungalows.

The 5+1-room, 50ft x 90ft semi-detached house will have 4,102 sq ft built-up area. Meanwhile, the 6+1-room bungalow will have lot size of 60ft x 93ft and 60ft x 103 ft and built-up areas of 5,187 sq ft and 5,194 sq ft respectively.
“We have not decided on the pricing yet as we plan to sell them only after their completion,” said YTL Land executive director Datuk Yeoh Seok Kian, who showed work in progress on one of the bungalows that come with Egyptian marble slabs, Burmese teak strips and metal roof trusses.

The good thing about the Lake Edge, as Yeoh pointed out, is that buyers must abide by a strict set of rules and could not renovate, as they like. They cannot, for instance, change the house's facade or colour or build a high wall. This will ultimately protect property values.

Yeoh said 50 units of the 2½-storey semi-detached houses, called the Waterville, might be launched in February 2008.

Each of these houses will have their own lap pool!
Source: The Star, 21 May 2007

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High Demand Seen For Commercial Space

There is robust demand for commercial space in Southern Klang Valley but inadequate supply of quality commercial space.

With the increasing land value in the central business district of the Golden Triangle, buyers are slowly moving from the KL city centre to some areas outside the city.

Reapfield Properties Sdn Bhd corporate services head David Wong said the upcoming commercial projects in Puchong included the SetiaWalk project by SP Setia Bhd, expansion of the IOI Mall by IOI Properties Bhd as well as a mixed development project that would include office towers and shophouses in Bandar Puteri near the Giant hypermarket.

SetiaWalk, located on 20.8 acres in the mature township of Pusat Bandar Puchong, is one of the main commercial projects in Puchong. At its soft launch, 57 shop office units were sold.

PPC International Sdn Bhd Thiruselvam Arumugam said Puchong was an area with limited commercial development projects.

Most of its commercial developments centre along Jalan Puchong in Bandar Puchong Jaya and focus on sundry businesses.

He said the Giant hypermarket in Bandar Kinrara, Tesco hypermarket in Pusat Bandar Puchong and IOI Mall Puchong were among the significant commercial buildings in Puchong that drew in the crowd to the area.

Shopping malls such as the Alamanda Putrajaya, Jusco Equine Park and Subang Parade have continued to receive good occupation and rental prices. In Seri Kembangan, Equine Park was the only dominant commercial project, said Wong, adding that there was no upcoming commercial development in the area.

Demand for corporate offices was lower in Seri Kembangan than for retail shops.

Developers are competing to launch high-end condominium projects in Subang on commercial-titled lands.
According to Wong, there is a trend to build commercial buildings within five km from the KL city centre.

However, there would be a limit to the supply of commercial buildings in Southern Klang Valley as there was limited demand for corporate offices beyond this five km fringe, he said.

Source: The Star, 28 April 2008

Puchong Developments Going Up-Market

WITH property prices in the developed areas of Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya having appreciated sharply, young families who are keen to own landed properties but face limited budgets are venturing into the Klang Valley's southern corridor. This is especially in the popular Puchong neighbourhood.

“From standard terrace units and high-rise apartments, Puchong folks have since graduated to high-end homes such as semi-Ds and bungalows set within themed gardens and landscaped environment as well as upmarket condominiums with all the trappings of modern luxury,” SP Setia Bhd group managing director Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin said.

He said that as developments moved further away, developers were compelled to stand out from the clutter and market their offerings with value-added features and innovative designs to woo buyers who didn’t mind a slightly longer drive as long as the new development offered more enticing proposition.

Property consultants said rising land prices in central Klang Valley had spurred property buyers to look for better bargains in the southern corridor that still had relatively affordable properties to offer.

“With house prices having climbed in other areas, neighbourhoods like Puchong, Seri Kembangan and other parts of the southern corridor are becoming more popular for those looking for more affordable housing,” said PPC International Sdn Bhd executive director Thiruselvam Arumugam.

SK Brothers Realty (M) Sdn Bhd general manager Chan Ai Cheng said the southern corridor was a good area for developing landed housing units such as double terrace houses, semi-detached units and bungalows for families.
She said transaction prices of property had also shown steady growth over the years.

“People normally buy the properties in Southern Klang Valley for own stay,” she added.

According to Chan, there is a good mix of buyers in the area in terms of race and income.

Double-storey terrace houses in prominent existing projects such as Putra Heights, Bandar Puteri, Bandar Bukit Jalil, Taman Puncak Jalil, Bandar Kinrara and Bandar Puchong Jaya are sold from RM200,000 to RM750,000.

Thiruselvam said the rental for a standard double storey terrace house in these areas ranged from RM400 to RM2,000 per month.

He said the rental appreciated only by 2% to 3%, whereas capital appreciation for houses was good with prices rising 100% over the past decade.

According to him, Southern Klang Valley units are mainly for residence, rather than bought for speculation or investment.

Reapfield Properties Sdn Bhd president David Ong said the main draw to Southern Klang Valley was affordable house prices although factors such as value investing and property speculation could not be easily discounted.

“Prices of houses have peaked significantly in the central region of the Klang Valley, giving rise to an outward flow of the purchasing population to both the north and south of the Klang Valley,” he said.

Many buyers have sought investment opportunities by purchasing large bungalow plots, bungalows and semi-detached homes in this area on expectation that prices will increase significantly over the course of the next decade.
“While property prices can be said to be affordable or cheaper here than in the prime city areas, the high petrol prices and higher toll rates have started to cause a reverse migration effect,” Ong said.

Many buyers who bought in the fringe or secondary areas of the Klang Valley are starting to drift slowly back to the city as the benefits of lower housing instalments become significantly offset by higher price of fuel and toll rates.

“It now makes sense to some people to buy smaller apartments or flats in strong city locations rather than pay for cheaper houses outside central Klang Valley but end up bearing increased living expenses via higher fuel prices and increasing toll rates,” he said.

Source: The Star, 28 April 2008

The Draw Of Southern Corridor

The Klang Valley's southern corridor is growing rapidly, with the landscape going through dynamic changes over the last decade. More trendy residential and commercial projects can be expected.

THE Klang Valley's southern corridor is set for more activities as developers and property investors continue to see good upside potential in the bustling corridor.

Until a few years ago, it was one of the few corridors in the Klang Valley that had large tracts of estate land that were suitable for property development. But in the past decade many new townships and projects have emerged.

However, with building activities increasing in the past decade, sizeable pieces of land are not easy to come by these days. As land sizes shrank, the cost of land has escalated.

Land prices in Cyberjaya and Putrajaya have risen to between RM25 and RM100 per sq ft (psf), depending on location, from less than RM10 psf about eight years ago.

Developers who have the foresight to lock in vast tracts of land here have secured “goldmines” and went on to reap a fortune from their developments.

Key property developers in the robust southern corridor include IOI Properties Bhd, SP Setia Bhd, Island & Peninsular Bhd, Bukit Hitam Development Sdn Bhd, Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd and Setia Haruman Sdn Bhd.

According to IOI Properties director Datuk David Tan, the large land tracts have enabled the development of well planned integrated townships with good infrastructure, commercial hubs, modern amenities, employment opportunities and secure neighbourhoods in the corridor.

“The southern corridor has proven to be a preferred choice with its high accessibility, modern infrastructure and employment opportunities,” Tan said.

The pull of the corridor has been further enhanced with the good road network including the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), North South Expressway Central Link (Elite), South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE), KL-Putrajaya dedicated highway and the North-South Expressway.

Stretching from Puchong and Seri Kembangan to Sepang, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, remarkable growth in the form of new townships and infrastructure network, have spawned many new opportunities.

“The pull of Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, KL International Airport and Sepang International Circuit remains strong, and this has contributed to Klang Valley's new centre of gravity moving southwards towards Sepang.

“The northern part of Sepang that covers Cyberjaya and Putrajaya will experience a faster growth rate, especially with the completion of the SKVE project and the dedicated Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya Highway that was completed last December.

“Within the next three to five years, the growth in this corridor will continue to outpace other parts of the Klang Valley,” Tan added.

SP Setia Bhd group managing director Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin said that based on the draft local plan, Puchong could look forward to more exciting times as an estimated RM3.1bil was expected to be pumped in for infrastructure improvement by the local council over the next 12 years.

“Among the facilities and amenities that residents can expect in the near future are the proposed Puchong light rail transit station and a RM10mil international camping site at the gazetted Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve,” Liew said.
He said Puchong was at the forefront of the transformation of the southern corridor with a rapidly expanding population, which is estimated at 250,000 today.

The completion of highway networks has largely elevated Puchong into one of the fast-growing centres in the corridor.
Tan said that under the Selangor Structure Plan, parts of the southern districts of Sepang and Kuala Langat had been designated as Klang Valley 2.

Klang Valley 2 encompasses the federal administrative capital of Putrajaya and the information and communications technology-centred Cyberjaya on one end, and the KLIA and Sepang F1 racing circuit on the other. It also includes the area along the coast north of Sepang GoldCoast as far as Morib.

“It is a worthwhile initiative to ensure more well-planned developments, both residential and commercial, whereby private developers will complement the efforts of the public sector to further enhance the vibrancy of the corridor.
“To ensure more quality lifestyle for the people, Klang Valley 2 should avoid the problems of the existing Klang Valley and provide the right environment for living, recreation, education and work,” Tan said.

Source: Angie Ng & Shannen Wong, The Star

Residential Property Prices & Rental Rising

The many developments that have sprouted in the southern corridor have given a boost to property values. These developments range from townships and niche residential enclaves in Puchong, Bandar Kinrara and Seri Kembangan to the intelligent cities of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.

Zerin Properties chief executive officer Previndran Singhe said that in the past five years, prices of residential properties had appreciated by at least 30% to 40% while rental rates in Cyberjaya were more than RM4.00 per sq ft.

With Puchong fast transforming into a robust residential and commercial address, the iconic Putrajaya and Cyberjaya cities are in line to see a boom next.
The federal administrative capital of Putrajaya with the advantage of a well thought-out master plan incorporating the best of what technology and nature have to offer has shaped up as the country's first intelligent garden city.
The city also benefits from first-class amenities such as the Garden International School, Alamanda Shopping Centre and a medical centre.
Cyberjaya is also shaping up well as a world-class intelligent city for international information and communications technology (ICT) enterprises, complete with residential and commercial enclaves.
IOI Properties Bhd director Datuk David Tan said the garden concept of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya was setting the tone for development in the other parts of the southern corridor with more inclination towards modern aesthetic buildings with lush landscaping.
IOI Properties, which is one of the pioneer property companies that have made it big in the southern corridor, notably Puchong in the early 1990s, still believes in the corridor’s potential.
According to Tan, the company's developments in the Klang Valley have been moving southwards, stretching from Taman Mayang in Petaling Jaya to Bandar Puchong Jaya and Bandar Puteri Puchong.
Having built the 926-acre Bandar Puchong Jaya and 930-acre Bandar Puteri Puchong, the company has gone on to develop the IOI Resort City on 788 acres on the fringe of Putrajaya.

Tan said the next project lined up would be Sierra Puteri on 550 acres at the entrance to Cyberjaya, which has direct access from the LDP-Serdang Interchange.

“Sierra Puteri has been carefully planned after taking into consideration the needs of house buyers. We have gained valuable feedback from our buyers and have new concepts and ideas on housing and environmental designs that will fulfil their more discerning expectations,” he added.
Earthworks for the new township have been completed and infrastructure work is in progress now. Sierra Puteri will comprise terrace and semi-detached houses, bungalows and apartments as well as a town centre fronting the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) and South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE).

In Puchong, IOI Properties will be launching IOI Boulevard comprising retail/office blocks with lifts and basement carparks next month.

Coming up next will be the Puchong Financial Corporate Centre (PFCC) in Bandar Puteri Puchong comprising Class A office buildings.
At the IOI Resort, which still has 540 acres available for development, plans are underway to build lake-front offices fronting the main entrance into Putrajaya; exclusive bungalows in Diamond Hill that overlook the scenic Putrajaya views; a mega shopping mall and office buildings along the SKVE; and condominiums.

At IOI Resort's Beverly Row, 80 exclusive bungalows will be built for long-term lease to corporate clientele. So far, 37 bungalows have been completed.
SP Setia group managing director and chief executive officer Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin said that with the sophisticated population flocking to Puchong from all parts of the Klang Valley, “the time is ripe for more commercial action in the area.”
SP Setia Bhd's 700-acre Pusat Bandar Puchong has grown into a mature township with 8,000 units of properties and a population of some 32,000.

“Our next challenge is to change the face of Puchong with a niche commercial project, SetiaWalk, that will revolutionise the people's lifestyle experience. The integrated residential and commercial development comprising retail blocks, offices, an entertainment complex, service apartments and residential apartments will appeal to the trend-conscious younger clientele.
“SetiaWalk is set to combine all the elements of live, learn, work and play through a seamless blend of astute planning, imaginative architecture and creative landscaping,” Liew said.
In Putrajaya, SP Setia's associate Setia Putrajaya Sdn Bhd is developing Precincts 9 and 15.
Park Village - a high-end residential private condominium villa complex within a secure, gated compound – will be launched in Precinct 15 in the third quarter of this year.
The project comprising 120 luxury villas in the sky will incorporate contemporary tropical designs.

Source: The Star, 28 April 2008

Culvert At 8th Mile Jalan Puchong To Be Widened

THE flood problem affecting Jalan Puchong residents will come to an end soon, with the widening of a culvert.

Former Kinrara assemblyman Dr Kow Cheong Wei, who initiated the project, said the current 3m-wide culvert at the 8th mile of Jalan Puchong was built in 1974, and it would be replaced by a 9.5m-wide one.

“Flash floods that hit the area during heavy downpours have been occurring since 2005 when water from Lebuhraya Bukit Jalil was directed to flow into Bandar Kinrara Section 3, causing the water volume in this culvert to increase by at least half,” he said.

This project was first mooted to the Public Works Department (JKR) in 2006 and was approved in December last year. It is expected to be completed by November this year.

Source of problem: Kow (third from right), Puchong MCA division chairman Wong Hock Aun (second from left) and other MCA members at the construction site at Jalan Puchong.

“Besides this new culvert which is 70m long, 300m of side drains along Jalan Puchong will also be rebuilt,” said Kow.
As traffic along this particular stretch of road would be obstructed for the time being, Perunding Aidid Sdn Bhd project manager Jorafozi Ruhmat said the road shoulders would be turned into temporary roads.

“Currently, there are four lanes of dual-flow traffic and this will remain when we occupy the road shoulders later.
“Residents can also try to avoid Jalan Puchong by using the inner roads in the housing areas nearby,” he said.
Kow urged the related parties involved – including Telekom, Syabas and Bomba – to give their cooperation to ensure the success of the project.

“The construction works were delayed as some of them hadn't submitted the relevant reports to us,” he said.
He added that once the project was completed, the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) would be able to start widening the monsoon drain which flows through Taman Kinrara Section 2 before joining the Klang River.
“The works should commence this year to curb the flood problem,” said Kow.

He also urged the Selangor government to release the promised RM4.5mil allocated for this project as they had received only RM3.07mil so far.

“Besides the physical construction, we also need to take into account many other aspects, such as road safety,” he said.

Source: Thio Xin Yi, The Star

Setia Walk Set To Transform Puchong

Located on 20.8 acres in the matured township of Pusat Bandar Puchong, the project enjoys good frontage and visibility to the LDP and Jalan Wawasan, the township's main thoroughfare. At the recent soft launch of the shop offices, 57 units were sold. Phase two will comprise the hotel, entertainment complex and an office tower. The apartments will be built under phase three.

Liew said with projected rental of RM15 to RM16 per sq ft for the shop offices and RM8 per sq ft for space in the entertainment complex, property owners could expect annual rental yields of 10%.

“While preference would be given to owner occupiers, we are going the extra mile to provide pre-leasing services to match the owners with the right tenants.

“Our dedicated pre-leasing team has identified a list of potential suitors to be matched with the buyers to ensure a vibrant tenancy mix and add value to the entire development,” he added. For the office space, the company is targeting investors and owner-occupiers such as consultancy firms and clinics. Explaining the concept of the commercial component, Liew said it would have three main zones - active zone (child development centre, play-zones and children-centric products); sanctuary zone (fine dining, spa and beauty care centres) and the escape zone (ideal for relaxing and unwinding with alfresco dining, cafes and bistro). The business hotel and entertainment complex will be the anchors on both ends of the commercial precinct. The entertainment complex with over 300,000 sq ft of gross lettable area will have cineplexes, bowling alleys and karaoke lounges.

Liew said the many attractions and experiences would make Setia Walk ideal for families and businesses. Among the value added features provided for the business operators and customers are round-the-clock security, two-level basement parking, elevator and escalator access and pedestrian-only walkways. Lush landscaped pedestrian areas will link the activity nodes while soothing waterways complete with children-friendly facilities will form the central spine of Setia Walk. The water features consist of water jets, fountain, water column, cascading waterfall, sand dunes, wading pool and modern sculptures.

Meanwhile, home seekers in search of a refreshing and unconventional lifestyle should consider the residences at Setia Walk that come complete with facilities. There are three, 27-storey blocks comprising 759 apartment units that are priced from RM210,000. There are also 46 units of small office home office (Soho).

As the site is just opposite the proposed new light rail transit station for Puchong, the market response for the residential units looks promising.

Source: Angie Ng, The Star