By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – A high-rise condominium and a premiere mall will rise at the three-hectare site of the ill-fated four-story New City Commercial Corporation (NCCC) Mall Davao in Ma-a, a top executive said.
“Earlier last year, that mall was supposed to be renovated but since the incident, it cannot happen anymore so we have to make new plans. We’re going to rebuild the mall eventually,” Lafayette Lim, company’s chief executive officer of homegrown LTS Malls Inc., the mother company of the NCCC Mall, said in an interview.
He said plans have been laid out already for the construction of the next project with DMCI Homes, the real estate arm of the DMCI Holdings.
Details of the latest project were not disclosed, but the high-rise condominium to be developed by the Consunji-owned real estate firm will be “as high as the city allows” while the new mall will feature a new “standard in design,” Lim said.
Lim said it’s also probable that the Consunji firm will build the future malls of the company as part its expansion.
He said no timeframe has been set for the start of the project, but this will most probably be after the completion of the demolition at the site.
“We have to wait for the demolition to be over and we have to secure the necessary permits also so when we’re ready to build, then we’ll start building. We cannot say when but we have already prepared the plans,” Lim said.
He added the demolition would be completed this year by D.M. Consunji Inc. It started last May 19.
The P1-billion NCCC Mall Buhangin opened on Sunday or seven months after the fire incident on December 23, 2017.
Thirty eight workers were killed in the fire, 37 of them from SSI (Survey Sampling International) business processing outsourcing (BPO) firm and one mall employee who helped rescue trapped SSI workers.
Most of the families of the fire victims have decided to settle with the mall management, Lim said.
“We have already settled with most of them — almost all of them. There are just a few who haven’t settled,” he said.