New commercial district to rise in Manila Bay

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    Reclamation approved. Manila Solar City will create three islands in Manila Bay, one of which will be close to Manila Yacht Club.

    The approval of the reclamation project of Manila Goldcoast Development Corp. (MGDC) in Manila Bay will pave the way for the rise of a new commercial district in the area, 30 years since it was initially conceptualized.

    MGDC received the government’s nod for a 148-hectare Manila Solar City project through Resolution 5265 of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA).

    PRA released its “issuance of notice to mobilize and notice to commence actual reclamation works” for the project of MGDC of the Tieng family, known for its Solar Entertainment business.

    The resolution cited the memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea Jr. stating the Office of the President “interposes no objection to the grant of the notice to proceed” to the project.

    “This refers to your Memorandum dated Dec. 7, 2020, requesting authority from the Office of the President to issue the notice to mobilize and the notice to commence actual reclamation works for the Manila Solar City Project, as well as the confirmation of the PRA Board Resolution relative thereto,” Medialdea’s memorandum dated Feb. 18, 2021 read.

    The Solar City Manila project was proposed as early as 30 years ago as the Manila Goldcoast Reclamation Project which in 1991 secured a green light from PRA predecessor Public Estates Authority.

    It was earlier reported Manila Goldcoast eyes to reclaim and create three islands in Manila Bay — 29 hectares (has.) 37 has. and 82 has. , respectively — one of which will be close to Manila Yacht Club.

    The reclamation will use an estimated 20 million cubic meters of sand that are readily available in the sea.

    The reclaimed area will have a frontage of 635 meters parallel to Roxas boulevard, and will occupy less than 0.082 percent of the bay’s 1,800-square-kilometer surface area.

    The project will also include the construction of an international cruise ship terminal; Philippine Ports Authority berthing areas for ferries bound for Bataan, Cavite, Zambales and the Mindoro provinces, among other routes; a controlled waterway system; an artificial beach; and medium- and high-rise residential condominium buildings.

    The Solar City reclamation pro¬ject was initially proposed in March 1991.