THE Jiran Residensi affordable housing project in Kampung Jawa, Butterworth, is finally complete after seven years of construction.
Penang local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the project on 3.5ha of land just obtained its Certificate Of Completion and Compliance (CCC) last month.
“The project started in November 2014 and obtained its CCC last month. It is the third affordable housing scheme by the state built by Penang Development Corporation (PDC) with gross development cost of RM126mil.
“Comprising two towers with 707 units, they range from 700sq ft to 1,000sq ft, with 66 of them with a balcony.
“Tower A, which is 35 storeys has 354 units, and Tower B, which is 25 storeys has 353 units, with three elevators in each block.
“Among facilities equipped are visitor parking lots, multi-purpose hall, kindergarten and a surau.
“There are also 15 units of three-storey shophouses in front of the project for the convenience of residents, ” he said during a Facebook Live streaming of the symbolic key handover ceremony to five housebuyers held at the PDC office in Bayan Baru recently.
The scheme is part of the state’s vision to provide 180,000 units of affordable housing by 2030.
However, due to the badly affected economy, Jagdeep said he would propose for the numbers to be increased to 220,000 units.
He said since 2008, the state has completed 38,149 units of affordable houses while 18,519 are in various construction stages and 57,292 approved to be built.
Jagdeep, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Bagan Dalam assemblyman M. Satees and Seberang Prai City Council mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud joined in the session via online.