SETAPAK residents hope they will not be shortchanged over the new deal involving Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and a private developer for a mixed development project that includes a multi-million ringgit sports complex.
Taman Setapak Residents Association president Achinda Singh said they were looking forward to having a well-equipped sports centre in the vicinity.
“When we saw the banners advertising a mixed development with residential units, we were quite disappointed.
“I hope the facilities offered in the original plan will remain,” he said.
He added that DBKL needed to address issues such as inadequate parking and traffic congestion with the increase in population.
A mother-of-two who only wanted to be identified as Teh, 35, wondered whether the facilities would be affordable for low- and middle-income earners.
“DBKL must ensure that the cost of using these public facilities is minimal.
“I know many residents, including my children, will use the facilities as it will be the only one in the area,” she said.
Taman Ayer Panas resident Henry Khoo, 56, said the project would help bring more life to the area.
“I have lived here for almost 30 years and there have been little development here.
“Hopefully, with this project, the surrounding areas will also be upgraded especially the roads and drainage,” he said.
Mohammad Amirul Khiruddin also welcomed the project as there was a lack of sports facilities in Setapak.
“There is only a field and futsal centre nearby. And with a high-end condominium project here, property prices here will increase as well,” he said.
The sports complex will be built in Jalan Ayer Jerneh, Setapak after almost 10 years in limbo.
The 11.3ha of prime land belonging to DBKL will be developed through a joint venture or land swap deal that has seen the size reduced to 3.8ha.
The balance 7.5ha will be used to build a high-end mixed development project called SkyArena@Setapak with a gross development value worth millions.
The sports complex will have facilities such as an Olympic size swimming pool, an international standard football field, 10 badminton courts, two futsal courts, indoor rock climbing, and three multipurpose halls.