|Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area in HCM City. — VNS Photo Việt Thanh|
HCM CITY – Korean conglomerate Lotte Group got the go-ahead from the HCM City People’s Committee on Wednesday to develop the Thủ Thiêm Eco Smart City in District 2.
The 74,420sq.m project in the core of the Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area will cost VNĐ20.1 trillion (US$884 million) in addition to the compensation to be paid for land.
It will feature a trading-financial-banking centre, hotels, an office tower, and serviced and residential buildings on 50,120sq.m. The remaining area will be used for roads and other infrastructure.
Construction is expected to take six years and the project is licensed for 50 years.
Affiliate companies like Lotte Asset Development Co. Ltd., Lotte Shopping Co. Ltd., Hotel Lotte Co. Ltd., and Lotte Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. will participate in the project.
Saigon Times newspaper reported that the chaebol had been pursuing the project for years before getting the green light in 2014 and will start construction as early as next quarter.
Lotte has deposited a sum of around VNĐ2 trillion ($88 million) for fees for six lots of land.
The fact that the developer will build some of the infrastructure will ease the burden on the city, which is paying off a VNĐ29 trillion ($1.28 billion) loan it obtained to develop the Thủ Thiêm peninsula. The interest alone comes to VNĐ2.9 billion a day, according to the city administration.
The 657ha peninsula is located to the east of the Sài Gòn River, and is adjacent to Districts 1, 7, 9, and Bình Thạnh.
It is expected to become a finance, commerce, services, cultural and entertainment hub. — VNS