Friday, June 08, 2007

Gurney Drive set for Big Change

An artist’s impression of the string of islands set to front Gurney Drive.
An artist’s impression of the string of islands set to front Gurney Drive.

Luxury hotels, international schools, private marinas, commercial and retail projects and residential homes may soon dominate the view along Penang’s famous promenade, the Gurney Drive.

They will be built on a string of islands which will be reclaimed from the sea under the second phase of the massive Seri Tanjung Pinang development.

The Seri Tanjung Pinang development is already being touted as "the largest integrated seafront development in Penang".

The string of islands will be linked by two bridges to the first phase of the project located in Tanjung Tokong here.

"A master plan for the second phase of the project will be submitted soon to the State Planning Department," E&O Property Development Berhad project director (planning and business development) Mohd Razeek Hussain said at a media familiarisation tour of the Seri Tanjung Pinang project yesterday.

The project has a 96-hectare "headland" under its first phase which is home to prime residential units, affordable housing, high-rise condominium units, serviced apartments, a marina and food and beverage outlets.

Razeek said the proposed second phase would begin from Tanjung Tokong and continue on to Jalan Pangkor.

Both phases are expected to be completed in 15 years.

Situated northwest of George Town, Gurney Drive is popular with joggers, walkers and those doing their tai chi exercises every morning and evening.

Source : NST
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