P1.5-B ‘green’ lifestyle mall to be built in Megaworld’s 140-hectare township in General Trias, Cavite, this year
Exciting times are up ahead for General Trias as anticipation for the city’s first Megaworld Lifestyle Mall heightens.
Property giant Megaworld is starting land development and commencing the construction of the mall this year. Inspired by the design of a “greenhouse,” Maple Grove’s lifestyle mall will be equipped with exceptional light-transmitting architectural systems that maximize the use of natural sunlight while maintaining comfortable cooling inside the building.
It will also be designed with grey water recycling facilities, perceived cooling design for air-conditioning, and provisions for roof solar panels.
The two-level “sustainable” mall, which will have around 24,000 square meters of gross floor area, will have several retail and F&B outlets, four cinemas, an indoor events area as well as an anchor supermarket.
“We will complete the construction of the mall within two years alongside the land development, as we expect the Maple Grove community to grow fast in the next five years,” said Kevin L. Tan, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Megaworld.
Dubbed as the “Green City of the South,” Maple Grove boasts several sustainability features that include a rainwater park, which is a two-hectare tree park designed to accommodate the township’s rain water runoff, a landscape drip irrigation system, bike lanes, a central material recovery facility, pocket gardens and tree parks, as well as vertical gardens in various buildings around the township.
The township will feature a fiber optic cabling system, and it will also have its own transport hub, chapel, as well as other leisure and recreational facilities.
“The whole idea of Maple Grove is to make it walkable and environmentally sustainable. This will so far be our greenest township,” explained Tan.
Maple Grove is easily accessible via Coastal Road and CAVITEX, with an estimated travel time of only 30 to 45 minutes from the Makati CBD and Fort Bonifacio, and less than an hour to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Soon, it will also have a direct link to the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, or CALAX.
“General Trias is a key growth city in Cavite. We look forward to building its own ‘green’ CBD, and this is happening in the next 5 to 7 years,” added Tan.