CATBALOGAN CITY- A land owner is stalling a big and ambitious project of the city government.
Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan said that the full construction of the Sky City Mega Project has been temporarily stopped due to the opposition of a land owner to sell his property to the city government.
The city mayor added that one of the land owners located within the project site is reluctant to sell his property due to a low price being offered by the city government.
The said project, located in Barangay Socorro, involves more than 480 hectares of land intended for mix-use wherein commercial and residential units and government agencies are to be put up.
“Although we are facing this problem, the Sky City Mega Project will push through because this is the future of Catbalogan,” Mayor Uy-Tan said.
“The best way to expand the city is by going up,” Mayor Uy-Tan added, referring to the proposed site which is 120 meters above sea level which makes it not prone to landslides or floodings.
The expansion project is designed to decongest traffic and address effect on climate change on top of it becoming a new township, Uy added.
The city mayor added that this project has already marked and made significant buzz among investors.
Investors who showed interest at the Sky City Mega Projects includes township developer, Suntrust Properties Inc, a subsidiary of Megaworld Corporation and Odin Energy Co., Ltd, a South Korean company that plans to construct a multi-purpose wind and solar tower building.
“Because of this, the city becomes more extra careful in dealing with investors and land owners,” Uy said.
Aside from the two, Mayor Uy-Tan said that there are other local and foreign investors who are interested in the project.
“The city government is pushing this project to materialize soon for the people to know that we are serious to make this project happen,” she said.
Construction of access road started sometimes in 2013 with the project expected to be finished by 2018. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)