The Kenyatta family, known to be one of Kenya’s biggest landowners, has sent a formal application to the regulating authorities for an environmental audit of the proposed city building project the family intends to commence on their large expanse of land outside Nairobi.
The Kenyatta family plans to construct the city, known as Northlands, on an 11,000-acre estate outside Nairobi, on which currently sits the Kenyatta’s Brookside Dairies – the largest milk processing company in Kenya, controlling 38 percent of the dairy market, as at August 2015.
The city is proposed to be bigger than any other like it in the country, and is to have a commercial space, an industrial area and standard schools. Not excluded in the plans were low-to-high income residential areas, an agricultural zone and a central business district. Reports from experts suggest that the land can support a total of 250,000 people.
The cost of the projected building was not recorded in the plans as submitted to the National Environment Management Authority (Nema). It is, however, estimated to be at least twice more expensive than any other project like it in the country.
According to the city plan, some of the larger buildings already standing on the expanse of land are to remain intact even as the city development gets underway. The Uhuru Kenyatta Secondary School and the Peponi School for instance, both of which occupy 86 acres between them, as well as the Gicheha Farms (a milk production outfit and sole supplier for Brookside Dairies), are to remain. Brookside, also, is to continue occupying a little over 65 acres as it currently does.
Situated close to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and being this close to the capital city Nairobi, the Northlands is already hailed as a very strategic location for residence and business.
As the plans sent to the authorities indicated, the city plans to cater for mainly middle-class income earners, but it also puts low-income earners into consideration, as areas of low-cost housing will also be provided. This will also go a long way to avoid emergence of unplanned slum areas within the proposed city.
The proposed city is to have a medium density reservation area of 670 condos, and 368 housing units in flats. The low density area, however, is to be constructed into 601 villas and 1,320 townhouses.
The city also has a high-density residential area for 6,980 flats and 3,100 townhouses. 390 acres of land has been earmarked for a business district, as well as 2 acres for a clubhouse, and 33 acres for a mall and hotel.
The city is also to have an industrial park of 695 acres, while 650 acres will be for a logistics park.
There are also going to be open reservation areas, as well as a wildlife conservation.
According to the reports from the authorities, the project plan will proceed in four stages over a development period of 50 years.
Some investors have already making inquiries about the proposed building. It promises to deliver a huge boost to the fast growing Kenyan economy.
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