SP Setia gets nod to build extra units on Penang Island projects

SP Setia will develop the Penang People's Park project on the grounds of the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa). Pisa is an indoor sports arena close to the Penang International Airport.

The Penang government has set a precedent for housing developers in the state by allowing SP Setia Bhd to build extra units within any of its developments on the island over the next 30 years.

This comes under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) concession agreement that was signed on August 19 between the Municipal Island of Penang Island (MPPP) and Eco Meridian Sdn Bhd (EMSB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SP Setia.

A summary of the concession, which was prepared by MPPP's legal unit and disclosed yesterday, said MPPP agrees to grant EMSB the right to additional density of any SP Setia developments within Penang Island and this would be over and above the maximum permissible density for the land.

This must not exceed 1,500 residential units spread out on the island during the concession period.

The concession period is for 30 years and EMSB is also entitled to apply for a renewal for two further terms of 15 years each.

Pisa was completed in 2000 and sits on more than 10 hectares, serving as the largest and most comprehensive multi-purpose indoor venue on Penang Island.

The arena, which is owned by the Penang Island Municipal Council and managed by Penevents Sdn Bhd, boasts an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a spacious air-conditioned area, which has been designed to host conventions, exhibitions and entertainment shows, along with major sporting events.

The new project, estimated to cost up to RM300 million, is made up of three components - which include an international convention and exhibition centre, along with refurbishment works to the existing indoor stadium and aquatic centre respectively.

The concession also compels EMSB to build 450 low medium-cost housing units.

"The State Authority shall provide a piece of land for the purpose of the same," the summary of the agreement said.

The deal also stated that MPPP has agreed to sell and transfer part of the 10 hectare plot to EMSB for the purpose of a hotel site with a leasehold title of 99 years.

The purchase price of the hotel site is RM13.7 million. - By Marina Emmanuel (Business Times)


September 8, 2011 at 6:49 PMAnonymous Anonymous

Sounds more like an exception rather than a precedent, with a few strict conditions attached to it.

September 13, 2011 at 12:23 AMdante

I guess so little federal help, the state governments needs to resort to property developers to assist in building LMCs and MICE centers to bring Penang to greater heights!