Property giant Megaworld, the country’s largest developer of integrated urban townships, is starting to build Bacolod City new and modern “central business district” this year.
The 34-hectare The Upper East in the eastern district of the city, just a few blocks away from the Bacolod City Government Center, will be home to residential condominiums, malls and commercial centers, mixed-use buildings, state-of-the-art office towers, and hotels, with facilities such as its own transport hub, church as well as green and open parks and a central plaza with creative urban art installations.
The township will be highlighted by a 30-meter wide, 6-lane Upper East Avenue, which stretches for around one kilometer, connecting Lopez Jaena Street to the Circumferential Road. Other roads inside the township will be at least 20-meter wide.
Centuries-old Acacia Trees will adorn the various areas of the township, as Megaworld commits to preserve them to become part of the township’s unique character and design.
The entire township is also designed to be flood-free, utilizing underground cabling system for power and utility lines, LED and solar-powered streetlights, fiber optic technology, drip irrigation system for landscaping and water re-use facilities.
The Upper East will also have its own biking network facilities and free public WiFi will be made available in most parts of the township.
“The Upper East will be the city’s first master-planned mixed-use community that integrates the live-work-play components of an integrated urban township, the concept that Megaworld pioneered in the Philippines. Around 35% of the township will be dedicated to parks and open spaces. We are excited to build Bacolod’s new and modern central business and lifestyle district,” says Rachelle Peñaflorida, vice president for sales and marketing, Megaworld Bacolod.
Another main highlight of the township will be the ‘iconic’ Casa de Emperador, a mixed-use structure featuring a unique architectural design. The township also features its own New York-inspired lifestyle mall composed of several interconnected structures that will provide diverse retail, entertainment and leisure offerings.
Part of the design of one of the mall’s buildings will be inspired by New York City’s Grand Central Station.