JOHOR BAHRU: Following the exciting opening of the West Lake Gardens at Eco Tropics last year, Eco World Development Group Berhad (EcoWorld Malaysia) has reached another milestone with the ground-breaking ceremony for SJK (C) Ladang Grisek (EcoWorld). The ceremony was officiated by YAB Dato’ Mohamed Khaled bin Nordin, Menteri Besar Johor.
Also present at the event was Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) President Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, MCA Vice President Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, EcoWorld Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin and EcoWorld Malaysia President & CEO Dato’ Chang Khim Wah.
Originally located in Tangkak, the new site of the school will be strategically and purposefully relocated to the 5.97-acre plot of land along Jalan Kota Masai – in the heart of the Eco Tropics township where it will be easily accessible.
The construction of the schools will be carried out in three phases. Works for Phase 1 is scheduled to begin in July and the school is expected to open at the start of the school year in 2020. The estimated construction cost for Phase 1 is approximately RM7.5 million and will be fully subsidised by EcoWorld Malaysia.
Phase 1 would be able to accommodate approximately 600 students and will consist of a four-storey classroom block with 24 classrooms, a canteen, a laboratory, a library, a computer room, a music room as well as teachers room and an administrative office.
President & CEO of EcoWorld Malaysia Dato’ Chang Khim Wah said: “We are thrilled to reach another milestone at Eco Tropics today.
“Our efforts to improve the Kota Masai locale have had a positive impact on the neighbourhood’s image and property values, resulting in more and more people keen to call this area home. It is also a significant year for Eco Tropics as we will be welcoming our first batch of residents when we handover homes in our Greensgate precinct beginning May next month,” Chang added.
In his speech, Chairman of EcoWorld Malaysia Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin said: “It has been our goal to turn this area into a much sought-after address in Johor Bahru and by relocating SJK (C) Ladang Grisek to Eco Tropics, we are not only providing good quality facilities for education within our township but also benefitting the surrounding community.”
The RM5.4 billion Eco Tropics is a mixed township known for homes that are inspired by the timeless architecture of The Hamptons resort on Long Island, New York. The township is the first gated-and-guarded development in Pasir Gudang.
The 991.6-acre freehold Eco Tropics is built along an eco-masterplan with sizable green pockets throughout the township. Back lane gardens, jogging and cycling tracks are a common feature in the township. To date, EcoWorld Malaysia has transplanted more than 2,000 trees in Eco Tropics to minimise the environmental impact of construction and to maintain the surrounding ecosystem.
Since its launch in 2015, EcoWorld has continuously worked towards improving not only the infrastructure of the township but its amenities as well. The Group worked with Jabatan Kerja Raya Malaysia to upgrade the main trunk road of Jalan Kong Kong and is also building the new Senai – Desaru link. The link via Jalan Kota Masai (also known as The Middle Ring Road) with an estimated construction cost of RM12 million is scheduled for completion by year-end. Currently Jalan Kota Masai is also being upgraded at a cost of RM9 million where EcoWorld is working closely with Majlis Perbandaran Pasir Gudang to do so.
The developer also spent RM14.5 million for refurbishment works for the 33-acre town park in Pasir Gudang called West Lake Gardens. West Lake Gardens boasts a scenic lake and a smart design that makes it a reservoir for rainwater, which will be collected and reused to water the many gardens in Eco Tropics. It is built with numerous facilities, such as gazebos, gardens, outdoor gymnasiums and playgrounds and is open for all to enjoy.
Chang said EcoWorld remains committed to upgrading the image of the old Kota Masai and is looking forward to adding value to its new township of Eco Tropics as well as Eco Business Park III just adjacent to it.
On the commercial front, the 20-acre Eco Vantage which consists of 157 units of 22’ x 70’
3-storey shop offices, is nicely taking shape and is targeting for handover by June this year. Tesco is also scheduled for completion by year end and this will surely further add to the vibrancy of Eco Tropics.