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Modern shopping plaza confirmed in Flagstaff

  Those passing Flagstaff in Suva will soon see a new modern shopping plaza taking shape on a strip of land which is part of the Marist Brothers High School
16 Jun 2016 13:42
Modern shopping plaza confirmed in Flagstaff
The site where the Flagstaff Plaza will be constructed on the Marist Brothers School grounds. The Flagstaff Police Post has been relocated to the Flagstaff taxi base. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

 

Those passing Flagstaff in Suva will soon see a new modern shopping plaza taking shape on a strip of land which is part of the Marist Brothers High School grounds in Suva.

The significant investment is being carried out by locally-owned Fineland Investments Limited on the land owned by the Fiji Marist Brothers Trust Board Inc fronting Bau Street, Flagstaff.

The land involved is being leased at a commercial rent and, together with the Plaza buildings, will revert to Marist Trust when the lease expires.

Two of the principals and directors of Fineland are proud old boys of Marist Brothers Schools and completely support the Marist Brothers educational aims and ethos.

Fineland Investments general manager, Kowtil Jogia, emphasised no part of the Marist Brothers School land is being sold.

“The Marist Trust will continue to remain the owner of the freehold land on which the Plaza is being built,” he said.

“The rental income received by the Marist Trust under the arrangements will be used by the Marist Trust to fund educational activities and other charitable objects of the Marist Trust.”

The strip of land is 4643 square metres in area (being approximately 30 metres deep from Bau Street).

Those passing by Flagstaff would note construction work on the land for the Plaza has already started.

Mr Jogia said the Suva City Council has granted a building permit for construction of the new shopping complex.

“This was done after extensive studies and consultation with Fiji Roads Authority and other Government authorities,” he said.

“Comprehensive terms and conditions have been put in place by Suva City Council to ensure the safe and orderly carrying out of the works.

A building contract has been let to Yanjian Group (Fiji) Co Limited who are the same contractors carrying out the grandstand and other works at Albert Park , the Ba Hospital  amongst other projects.

 

Incorrect information circulated

Fineland Investments Ltd and the Marist Trust have issued a statement with details of the project to clear any incorrect information out there.

Mr Jogia stated news reports and comments made in the general media and social media that half the school grounds will be lost, or impaired, are completely false.

“The leased area is a small section of open space which was underutilised, badly drained and boggy,” he said.

It is understood the existing two football fields and 300 metres running track will remain completely unaffected.

Mr Jogia said there will be absolutely no loss of the school grounds and playing fields amenities for the students and others who use the playing fields for sports and training programmes.

The drainage issues in the playing grounds are also being resolved by the Plaza development on an improved and permanent basis.

Mr Jogia said there was overwhelming community support for the project and was supported by the Marist Brothers Old Boys Association.

 

Features

Apart from providing an attractive modern shopping environment in the Plaza there will be security provided as well as safe car parking facilities off site and in the Plaza itself.

The new Plaza will also provide and accommodate a new fully-furnished modern designed Flagstaff Police Post.

Fineland Investments will construct this free of charge as a contribution to the Flagstaff Community.

The old police post has now been demolished to make way for the new Plaza.

There will be a balcony at the rear of the complex with floodlighting to the school grounds from which spectators may leisurely view sporting events at Marist Brothers.

They can enjoy this while maybe having a meal, coffee or a simple get together of friends and families watching their children and friends playing in the sports fields.

An attractive professionally landscaped garden area will separate the new Plaza development from the school grounds .

This is to create beautification and environmentally friendly and pleasing surroundings for the plaza, the school and in and around the precincts of the neighbourhood areas.

On the Bau Street frontage, Fineland Investments will be carrying out substantial remedial works to the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) owned embankment which are urgently required.

Without this there is a safety hazard in the school grounds.

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