JOHOR BARU: The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) will move into a new 22-storey tower to spearhead the transformation of Malaysia’s largest southern city.
The council has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with developer Astaka Holdings Limited (Astaka) that would see MBJB relocate its headquarters from Jalan Dato Onn here to a new central business district, One Bukit Senyum (OBS), by the end of 2019.
Johor Baru mayor A.Rahim Nin said the MoU was a historic achievement for the council and marks a bright future for them.
“MBJB has been operating at our current building for more than 53 years but changes over time, expansion of services including taking in more staff, has forced the council to find an alternative.
“There are many reasons for the council wanting to move, including lack of working space including parking lots.
“Also, maintenance fees for this building is increasing as it is an old building with a need for repairs,” he added.
He also said the current MBJB building would be turned into a branch office to make it easier for the public to pay their assessment rates or when applying for business licences.
Rahim said this during a press conference after the MoU ceremony held at MBJB building on Tuesday.
He added that Menara MBJB would have 15-storeys and a seven-storey basement parking facility with 558 parking lots.
Rahim also said that Menara MBJB’s groundbreaking ceremony would be held at the site soon.
Astaka chief executive officer and executive director Datuk Zamani Kasim said the MoU was part of the developer’s vision to act as a major catalyst to transform the city area.
“As a respected and responsible developer who focuses on quality, we will always put our local communities first, to ensure the sustainable and continued growth of Johor Baru.
“For this reason, we are honoured to set this vision in motion with the development of Menara MBJB,” he said.
Meanwhile, Johor Housing and Local Government committee chairman Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi, who witnessed the MoU signing, said Menara MBJB would help achieve the target set by the government to make Johor Baru an international class city by 2020.