Upcoming PICC to include main LRT stop among smart lifestyle amenities

Teng Tong (third right) and SiangGin (green T-shirt) briefing guestson the overallmasterplan of the PICC.

HUNZA Properties Bhd had anauspicious start to the year with the opening of its Penang International Commercial City’s (PICC) sales gallery.

Located along Jalan Tun Dr Awang in Bayan Lepas, the new Hunza Pavilion highlights key features of the RM6.5bil integrated commercial development.

A large scale model allows visitors to visualise the 43.36-acre smart city’s many components, to be completed in phases over the next 10 years.

It includes the landmark PICC Tower, a business process outsourcing (BPO) office block, five-star hotel, medical centre, lifestyle mall, food and beverage boulevard, central park and residences.

“With smart features, a safe green environment and lifestyle amenities, it will be the new landmark of northern Malaysia and a model city for the country.

“We see it being the Pulse of Penang — a place to live, work and play,” said Hunza Group managing director Datuk Khor Siang Gin during the recent grand openingof the sales gallery.

He was joined by Hunza founder and executive advisor Datuk Seri Khor Teng Tong and OCBC Bank (M) Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Ong Eng Bin for the launch gimmick, pulling on strings to unveil auspicious scrolls.

Then, a lion dance made its way round the RM15mil Hunza Pavilion, followed by the large crowd of guests, corporate partners and company personnel.

Many took the opportunity to view the show units of Muze, a condominium that will be the first phase of PICC. Construction is expected to begin in March.

Comprising two towers, it will have 846 units ranging in sizefrom 1,078sq ft to 3,445sq ft equipped with modern smartfeatures like an integrated home control system and IR controllers for air-conditioners and lights.

Heat detectors, smart door locks, magnetic or contact sensor units and motion sensors are also included, along with an extensive list of lifestyle amenities.

Teng Tong said the PICC’s commercial components will kick off in the near future. All buildings in the digital enclave will ultimately be connected by underground and link bridges, affording inhabitants easy accessibility on foot.

It will also have one main LRT stop on the George Town to Penang International Airport line as part of the Penang Transport Master Plan.

The PICC is expected to createup to 15,000 job opportunities, as it will likely attract multinational companies to set up operations here.

Meanwhile, its shopping, dining and entertainment attractionswill make it a prime destinationfor both domestic and foreign travellers.

All these, Siang Gin believes, add value to Penang’s economy. It is in line with the Penang 2030 plan announced by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow to create a family-focused, green and smart state.

To alleviate the traffic situation in the area, the developer will also work with the state governmentto upgrade existing roads and infrastructure.

On the tables are plans for a four-lane underpass connectingthe PICC to the Bayan Baru roundabout, and a flyover linking to Bukit Gambir.

Besides the PICC project, the sales gallery also features a show unit for TreeO, Hunza’s first affordable housing project located in nearby Taman Sungai Ara.

This has a total of 1,240 units sized at 872 or 883sq ft with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and many lifestyle facilities.

For more about PICC or TreeO, call 04-6090888 or visit www.hunzagroup.com.

Otherwise, drop by the new sales gallery which is open from 9am to 6pm on Monday to Friday, and 10am to 6pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

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