Except for two (2) makeshift houses, the site of the rumored Chinese Mall has been cleared of the informal settlers.
The property which is located at the corner of Capt. Vicente Roa and Antonio Luna Streets is just a few meters away from the on-going mixed-use development of Ayala Land. Late last year, I posted Construction buzzes around the city 4, about this project and that the said area has been chosen by some mainland Chinese businessmen for a mall and condotel development but the presence of informal settlers who occupied the areas along street somehow delayed their investment. Actually, the interior of the lot has long been cleared for more than a year.
The area is on the left as seen along Luna Street.
These are the two remaining houses left. The rest have been relocated in Camaman-an.
This firewall is the property boundary (taken along Luna).
The area is not that big as compared to the usual sprawling mall but this will definitely filter buying customers of the nearby pricey mall. I’m assuming this building will be that of an arcade type mall with condotel above it. Expect this area to be fenced in the coming weeks in preparation for the construction.
The recent trade mission to China by some city officials somehow boosted the investment with news of establishing a Chinatown (with Capt. Vicente Roa St. as among the options). In the same street are Metro Hotel and DCLA Plaza, both Chinese owned businesses with Chinese characters along their signboards, opened just recently. Perhaps, this area has an advantage already of being named as the city’s Chinatown.