SM wants roads fixed before mall opens

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Sunday, May 25, 2014


SM Prime Holdings Inc. is asking the Cebu City Government to implement three projects at the South Road Properties (SRP) to support their mall and hotel projects there.

In a letter to Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, SM Prime Holdings Inc. regional operations manager for the Visayas Sherry Tuvilla said the City needs to complete the construction of a commercial road and interior roads adjacent to the SM Seaside City complex.

The City also needs to widen the Mambaling Access Road.

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These projects, Tuvilla said, is in preparation for the opening of their mall in September 2015.

“With the opening of the mall, we are expecting significant impact on traffic and accessibility at the SRP. Relative to this, we are concerned about the present condition of the commercial road and the interior road adjacent to the SM Seaside City complex as well as the narrow span of the Mambaling road,” she said.

In her one-page letter, Tuvilla said the City and the public stand to benefit if the three projects are completed before the second quarter of 2015.

She said it will support the existing limited road network at the SRP, particularly along the coastal and Mambaling area.

“An expanded road network will improve accessibility to SRP as well as improve traffic management in the area, particularly decongesting the volume along the coastal and Mambaling roads, which is expected to significantly increase with the opening of the mall and other developments,” she added.

Tuvilla also said that a complete passable road network will make it possible for the City to operate and provide the public with a high quality public transport service.

During the City Council session last April 21, Tuvilla’s letter was endorsed and referred to the committee on laws for their comment and recommendations.

The council also scheduled a public hearing regarding the matter on June 25 and asked SM, the Department of Engineering and Public Works and the SRP Management Office, among others, to appear before the council.

Earlier, SM offered to shoulder the cost of the construction of a commercial road at the SRP on the condition that their expenses will be deducted from their tax dues.

Mayor Michael Rama, however, is not amenable to SM’s proposal because this could deprive some of the City’s services and projects of the needed funds.

SM, which is the second investor to buy a property at the SRP, owns a 30-hectare lot in the area.

They are building what will be the biggest shopping mall in the Visayas and Mindanao.

They also intend to build a convention center, hotel and residential condominiums, among other projects.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 26, 2014.

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