By Eugene Y. Adiong
Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) President and CEO Bobby Dy, Negros Occ. Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. and City Mayor Monico Puentevella will lead this morning’s groundbreaking of giant developer ALI’s P6 billion project at the 40,481-square meter Capitol area property at the heart of Bacolod City.Gov. Marañon yesterday said the development called “Capitol Centre” will have a mall, an office building, condominium and a hotel.
Negros Occ. Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose V. Lacson (left) turned over a computer set to Brgy. Capt. Glecerio Tumpag of Brgy. Yaoyao, Municipality of Cauayan, at the Capitol, yesterday. With them are barangay kagawads Melba Tumpag and Suzette Abellar and barangay treasurer Rhea Joy Tambuson.* (Capitol photo by Richard Malihan)
At the leased property adjacent to the Philippine National Bank (PNB) and the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC) will rise an 8- storey hotel with 150 rooms at the North Capitol Road and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016, he said.
The governor also said, there will also be a four-storey office building with 6,000 square meters of commercial space for lease to commercial enterprises, including BPOs.
It is targeted to be completed by the first quarter of 2017, he added.
The mall, Marañon said, will be called “Ayala Mall Capitol Central,” which will span a whole block at the back of the Capitol building encompassing North and South Capitol Roads, Gatuslao and San Juan streets.
“It will be a regional mall with 70,000 square meters of commercial space and an event center that can accommodate large gatherings,” he said, adding that it will be opened by the second quarter of 2017.
ALI will also start the construction of its “Amaia Steps Capitol Central” residential condominium which will be a 9-storey two-tower building with 288 units per building at San Juan streets and will have three to four years to finish the first tower, Marañon said.
He said that per his estimate, the workforce that the project will need will be about 5,000.
“They will hire local workers, but they should be at least high school graduate and have finished a course accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA),” he pointed out.