Carcar eyes P2-B center

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Saturday, January 11, 2014


THE Carcar City Government plans to construct a P2-billion New City Center on a 34.7-hectare lot in Barangays Valladolid and Poblacion 3.

Carcar City Mayor Nicepuro Apura announced during a press conference yesterday that the first phase of the project, which will cost P100 million, will be implemented this year.

Funding for phase one will be taken from the City Government's 2014 annual budget of P387 million.

The mayor said the City Government is open to implement the project as a public-private partnership undertaking and welcomes any help from the National Government.

Architect Richeto Alcordo, one of those who designed the New City Center, said they hope that the entire project will be completed in five years.

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The New City Center will house a new city hall building, public market, a public transportation terminal, an Olympic-size sports oval and a gym with a swimming pool.

It will also include commercial spaces, which will attract investors, and a public plaza. There will also be a 1.4 kilometer walkway.

Of the total area of 34.7 hectares, the City Government still has to acquire 19.8 hectares from private land owners through direct purchase.

Part of the site that is classified as agricultural will have to be converted into institutional, commercial and residential land, Apura said.

He assured, though, that 5.6 hectares will be retained as irrigated rice field, which will serve as buffer zone.

The City Government plans to allot 9.3 hectares of the site into roads. The area is part of the landholding of private individuals and is located near the provincial road.

Apura said the City Government has concluded a series of public hearings with affected residents. He said the residents did not oppose the project.

Once the New City Center is built, the old City Hall can be converted into a museum or a library. The old city center can also be developed into a heritage site.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 11, 2014.

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