(The Philippine Star) | Updated December 1, 2014 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - All roads lead down south today, as the retail and mixed-use segment of Ayala Land’s latest development, Arca South, breaks ground in Taguig.
Strategically positioned where the SLEX enters Metro Manila and where C5 begins, this emerging business and lifestyle district is set to create a new and vivid archway or entrance to the metropolis. It is also set to complement and expand on the success of Bonifacio Global City (BGC), which is only five kilometers away.
Beginning today, Ayala’s master blueprint will breathe life into the former FTI complex, transforming it from an idle warehouse depot into a prime CBD (central business district) with several commercial and mixed-use blocks, retail and office complexes.
All these spaces are set to house exciting lifestyle destinations, sprawling gardens, residential spaces, and a highly interconnected city with a forward-looking vibe. With a total area of 74 hectares, Arca South is nearly twice the size of BGC, and is nearly as big as the Makati CBD.
Retail and shopping destinations
Anchoring the entire development are three new lifestyle and retail destinations and community venues.
These shopping centers will include a regional mall and a lifestyle mall, as well as a novel transit-oriented mall, which will provide a focal point to the government’s awaited highway projects — such as the Southeast Intermodal Transport System (ITS) for Manila passengers to and from Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, and Bicol.
The lifestyle mall, scheduled to open by the end of 2017, will occupy over three hectares of Arca South land and will offer a total shopping floor area of 103,000 sq m. It will showcase top fashion brands, specialty retail stores, and fine-dining establishments, all integrated by a wide park with a garden and open-air vibe.
Prime business spaces
Over the next five years, Arca South will also build a Corporate Center comprising a network of six mid-rise buildings on top of the retail component. It will carry a total of 96,000 sq m of leasable space and offer a prestigious and distinct work environment that is ideal for BPOs, creative ventures, and established companies.
With Arca’s easy access to major transport channels — such as the ITS, the Skyway and C5/C6 connector road program, and the NAIA expressway —this new business frontier will also be fully equipped with a 24/7 Operations Center for efficient road use and traffic management.
An integrated three-level basement parking, covering 40 percent of Arca’s total area, as well as an energy-efficiency program and real-time alerts and emergency response, will further boost Arca’s credentials as the new prime business address in Metro Manila.
New Seda hotel
A new branch of Ayala’s hotel brand, Seda, will also grow on top of the Arca regional mall to accommodate tourists and business travelers, who are expected to flock to Arca South in big numbers given its excellent transport-hub and city gateway location.
This new Seda will offer 10 floors of guest accommodations and the same essence of value, accessibility, and reliability for which the Seda brand is known for in BGC, Nuvali, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.
For more information about Arca South, visit www.arcasouth.ph.