Cool Breeze Development Ltd, is planning to construct residential development in South C area of Langata Sub County, located off Mombasa road, about 200 metres behind Nextgen Mall. The proposed development will consist of 524 housing units, 475 parking bays and supporting services all aimed at providing quality housing infrastructure in the area.
According to an assessment submitted to NEMA for approval, the proposed project will sit on a 99-year leasehold parcel of land estimated to be measuring approximately 0.9105ha which the developer has reportedly acquired from Nextgen Mall.
The neighbourhood of the plot is currently dotted with a good number of location-changing mixed use developments including apartments, offices, hotels and institutions.
The area has a good mix of high-rise residential developments like The Curve, hotels most notably Eka and Ole Sereni, commercial buildings including Nextgen mall and Souk Car Bazaar, and retail facilities within a radius of five kilometres.
It is expected that the proposed development will help reduce the existing accommodation deficit around the high-end location along Mombasa road. Good accessibility in the area has resulted in competition between residential and commercial property interests. In 2011, a report by the World Bank estimated that Nairobi alone had over 30% of its population living in slums at the time.
The design of the project comprising of 524 housing units and 475 parking bays will include 237 below ground level parking bays with a service room, retail shop, pump room, water tank and other utilities on the same floor while the above ground level will consist of 238 parking bays and a service room.
The apartment buildings will rise to 14 floors each divided into five blocks consisting of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments. The design will also consist of penthouses in the 13th and 14th floors. Kenya’s high income earners have lately developed a growing interest in pent houses.
Other salient features of the development include lift lobbies, swimming pool, gym, changing rooms and gardens to be enjoyed by the residents.
Developers have increasingly recognised the need to incorporate a good proportion of the entire market spectrum in their plans to maximize uptake. This can be observed in the balance of house sizes ranging from one-bedrooms to three-bedrooms in building plans for most upcoming developments.
Quantity surveyors estimate that the project will cost the developer a total of Sh. 1.5 billion to put up. Construction of the project is estimated to take up to two years to complete.