April 22, 2014 – Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) has embarked on an P80-billion master-planned project in Arca South, a 74- hectare central business district (CBD) strategically located near the southern ends of major thoroughfares EDSA and C5, and right along the South Luzon Expressway. ALI’s investment will be phased over the next five years as the former FTI Complex is transformed from a collection of old warehouses into a mixed-use commercial development. It will comprise of residential communities, retail centers, office buildings, other establishments such as a hotel and a hospital, as well as recreational green spaces.
Arca South is located about six kilometers from Makati CBD and Bonifacio Global City, both premier CBD developments undertaken by ALI, and is expected to complement the business, living and recreational needs of these areas.
The name Arca South is derived from the word “arch,” a structure that typically indicates a welcoming entrance, as the development will serve as the gateway of the South.
“We envision Arca South to become an entrance to Metro Manila for those coming from the south – via SLEX from Alabang, NUVALI, Cavite or for those using the RORO [roll on – roll off] ships, even from as far South as Mindanao,” said Meean Dy, Ayala Land Vice President and Strategic Landbank Management Group Head.
Further improving accessibility is the government’s Southeast Intermodal Transport System (ITS) project, which is expected to accommodate an estimated 4,000 buses and 200,000 commuters a day. The terminal will be a central station for all provincial buses carrying passengers to and from Laguna, Batangas, Quezon and Bicol.
The Skyway and C5/C6 connector road project will provide access ramps to Arca South as well as separate ramps to the Southeast ITS. Meanwhile, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is only a 10-minute drive from the development.
“As is typical for an Ayala Land development, the heart of the city will be a highly pedestrianized center,” added Ms. Dy.
Arca South will feature three distinct retail areas. It will have its own version of Bonifacio High Street, an open green space flanked by retail developments on both sides. This lifestyle mall will feature upscale fashion stores, specialty retail and select dining establishments integrated with a lush landscaped park. It will also have a transit-oriented mall linked to the Southeast ITS to serve commuters. For a complete shopping experience, Arca South will open a regional mall with 150,000 sqm of leasable space offering diverse shopping, dining and entertainment choices.