Story by Chan Lilian
Pix by Ahmad Adil Muhamad
FINALLY, the dream of owning a RM72,500 home is becoming a reality for many.
Unlike the connotations of “low cost housing” where people live in densely populated areas, a home in Bandar Cassia spells quality housing with good public amenities. Facilities provided include surau, open pavillion, nursery, food courts, market and other amenities to meet the social and spiritual needs and development of the residents.
Penang Development Corporation (PDC) has taken the lead with the development of Bandar Cassia Affordable Housing Scheme.
This development is among the first in a series of affordable housing schemes introduced by the state government.
Three show units were unveiled on June 22 at Bandar Cass
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, exco member for Town & Country Planning and Housing Jagdeep Singh Deo and other state leaders were there to take a look at the attractive homes.
“The AHS Project which will cover five parcels of land totalling 200 acres will provide some 11,800 units of quality affordable residential units, to be developed over a period of 10 years,” Lim said in his speech.
This development is poised to be the first green development that will change the skyline of eco township of Batu Kawan and set the pace of future residential development in Bandar Cassia.
With excellent accessibility and connectivity to major highways, bridge links to Penang Island, particularly the two existing developments in Bandar Cassia, the largest integrated eco-township development in Penang.
“With the view to provide affordable housing to the people of Penang, the state government has decided that the pricing will range from RM72,500 for apartments of 800 sq feet to a maximum of RM220,000 for larger units, hence we are providing a quality affordable lifestyle housing that is within the reach of all strata of society,” Lim added.
Phase 1 which comprises 520 residential units will be completed in early 2017.
Designed by Surbana International Consultants, which is synonymous with the development of Singapore HDB homes, the affordable homes in Bandar Cassia will be unmatched in terms of quality, design and concept.
Lim also pointed out the future developments expected at Batu Kawan.
“The affordable housing scheme will change the landscape of Batu Kawan, concomitant with Batu Kawan’s transformation with the presence of marquee brands such as Temasek, EDIS (Economic Development Innovation of Singapore,) IKEA, Penang Designer Village, University of Hull, UK, KDU, as well as a host of industry giants such as Haemonetics – a global leader in blood management systems.
“Besides that, plans are in the pipeline for an international golf resort and international theme park, as well as a workers’ village here in Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan.”
For more information, call 04-5050001 or visit www.pmm.gov.my.