Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, last Friday cut the sod for the commencement of the proposed Kumasi City Mall, which would be the biggest retail shopping facility in Kumasi, with a call on all indigenes to invest in the development of the region to help improve the lot of the people.
He called on all chiefs in the region to always make land which they hold in his trust available to any business-oriented companies and institutions willing to invest in the region, to enhance job creation towards a reduction in unemployment among the youth.
The Asantehene noted that while the government does its part, the citizenry must complement efforts of the government to make the country progress, and urged hard working indigenes to invest to give Asanteman a facelift. "As citizens, we are mandated to complement [the] efforts of [the] government".
He said it would be prudent for businesses to pay taxes to the government, so it could, in turn, use the tax payers' monies in opening hospitals, to enable people have access to health care. Mr. Kofi Sekyere, Director of Delico Kumasi Limited, who is in charge of the construction, said the facility was the beginning of a new transformation process for the City of Kumasi.
He commended his Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for his personal interest in the project, which was evident in his acceptance to cut the sod to mark the commencement of works on the project described as unique. He explained that the facility is wholly owned by Delico Kumasi Limited, which, in turn, is owned by Delico Mauritius, and together with their investment partners are the majority owners of the Accra Mall.
Mr. Sekyere commended the Regional Minister, Samuel Sarpong, and the Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonso, for his unrelented efforts and commitment that had contributed to the commencement of the project in the region. He revealed that the entire development, to be rolled out in two phases, will occupy a land area of 15.43 acres.
The project will comprise a retail shopping mall component, which will cover approximately 29,000 square metres, five cinema halls, and the possibility of a second phase, which will comprise of a 120-bed hotel facility. The anchor tenants will be Shoprite and Game, while there will be spaces for about 60-line shops and restaurants.
He said the development is designed to offer approximately 1,250 parking bays, translating into a parking ratio of 4.6 parking bays per square metre. Mr. Sekyere added that certain sustainability features of special interest to be incorporated into the development include a grey water harvesting (filtration, piping and storage) collection tank, landscaping, building management systems, and a waste recycling and separation storage.