ALAM Impian, to be launched tomorrow, will be Island & Peninsular Bhd's (I&P) gift of a “township of the arts” to the people.
This RM3.4bil, 1,235-acre freehold township in Shah Alam, Selangor, will be different from all other developments as it will focus on “bringing back the arts to the residents,” group managing director Datuk Jamaludin Osman told StarBiz.
There will be an arts centre with an amphitheatre, fronting a river. It will house an art gallery, studio and place for visiting artists. “This is where the art residency programmes will be initiated and perpetuated and it will involved the community,” he said.
Other features include an impressive and artistic entrance statement and a bridge that is promised to be an “architectural marvel.”
Every precinct will be turned into “art pieces.” A 31-acre town park with lakes and riversides will showcase artistic endeavours. For example, walkways may have tiles painted by children living in the township.
There will also be street art, graffiti walls, gentle rolling slopes, paved road intersections, linear park and a 20km cycling track.
The idea is to get people out of their houses and enjoy cultural arts like wayang kulit (shadow play) or kite flying or top spinning demonstration and participate in these traditional games and the performing arts.
Jamaludin said playground equipment would probably not just comprise of swings and seesaws. “We will look into introducing creative ways for children to play,” he said.
“Although it's a township, it is also a platform for nurturing and propagating the arts among the community and also to individuals who appreciate it. It's time for us to help our children appreciate the arts,” he added.
Jamaludin said many people, in their pursuit of materialistic goals, often forgot about the arts and children grew up not knowing local arts.
He feels people should not adopt a “wait and see” attitude when buying a house as prices of many things were going up and these include houses.
Amenities will include shops, a hypermarket, schools, a mosque, town malls, and facilities for commercial and leisure activities.
This township is expected to have about 10,000 homes and a population of 50,000 when completed. There will be low-density layout of the houses.
It will launch two and 2½-storey terraced and semi-detached houses. The terraced houses are called Canting 1 and Canting 2. Canting 1 (four bedrooms/five bathrooms) units with 3,471 sq ft built-up area are priced from RM581,700 to RM664,150 while Canting 2 (four bedrooms/four bathrooms) with 2,439 sq ft are priced from RM341,250 to RM357,000.
The two-storey semi-detached houses, called Tinta, have built-up areas from 3,113 to 4,005 sq ft and are priced from RM552,000 to RM795,000.
Alam Impian will have a dual carriageway main ring road, wide feeder roads, designated commercial zone and no industrial units. Houses will have contemporary as well as colonial style architecture with generous built-up areas and they will be built in thematic residential enclaves.
The township is well served by highways such as the Kuala Lumpur-Shah Alam Expressway (Kesas), Elite Highway, North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) and the proposed West Coastal Highway.
There will also be a proposed Kemuning Shah Alam link from the project to Kesas and the Federal Highway.