An architechctural impression for the proposed Kamukunji Grounds

The State Department of Housing and Urban Development is finalizing a masterplan for the regeneration of Nairobi’s Eastlands area. The urban renewal and redevelopment plan follows the area’s gradual urban decay marked by dilapidated and inadequate housing, obsolete plans and unplanned development, poor infrastructure, environmental degradation, proliferation of slums and the ultimate social decadence.

The plan will cover the area, from Ngara and neighbouring Eastleigh, through Shauri Moyo and Makongeni and stretching to the edge of Buruburu. The area has an estimated population of 250,000 people with 55,000 households.

Currently, data from the Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Improvement Project (NAMSIP) which is developing the plan in conjunction with Nairobi County and the relevant ministry, shows that the more land is dedicated to public space (47%) than housing (47%). The new redevelopment plan proposes to increase public spaces to 51% while the housing will occupy 40% of the land use and workspace (9%).

Nearly half of the 1264ha land under consideration is owned by the national government and Nairobi County. The plan also proposes to increase housing stock from the current 15,127 units to 177, 139 units of 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom units.

In addition, the plan will have social housing targeting those with monthly incomes below KSh. 20,000 with a price range of between KSh. 0.6m for single rooms and KSh. 1.3m for three rooms. Rents for social housing will range from KSh. 2,500 per month for single rooms and KSh. 6,500 per month for three rooms.

On infrastructure and services, the plan proposes to widen 34 existing roads within Eastlands, build a water reticulation network and fix the sewer system to match the increasing capacity.

Education, health and recreation are also part of the regeneration plan with City Stadium, Camp Toyoyo, Kamukunji Grounds and Majimbo Grounds all set to be expanded.

On rolling ought the program, the ministry has set priority projects to include Gikomba Market revitalization, Shauri Moyo, Makongeni and Starehe estates, Makadara node and 7 county estates (Bahati, Maringo, Ziwani, Gorofani, Bondeni, Jericho & Lumumba).

The government is considering various funding options including funding by the national government, KMRC, PPPs, Municipal bonds, Sourcing from foreign investors among other options. The plan which is developed under NAMSIP supervision, is awaiting approval.

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