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Central square of Thu Thiem can accommodate half a million
Le Anh
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Central square of Thu Thiem can accommodate half a million

Le Anh

HCMC – The central square of Thu Thiem new urban area in HCMC’s District 2 will have the capacity of accommodating up to 268,000 people for political events and 500,000 people for cultural festivals, according to the scale-1/500 planning that the HCMC Department of Planning and Architecture submitted to the city’s authorities last week.

The central square and riverside park of Thu Thiem urban area with a total area of more than 27 hectares will be divided into different sections for political, cultural and daily activities.

To serve future events in the square, an underground parking lot will be built with a capacity of about 2,700 autos at a time.

Besides, a walking bridge over the Saigon River will be constructed to connect Thu Thiem square and Bach Dang wharf in District 1 and an area of more than 1,000 square meters in the riverside park will be used to construct a new tourist ferry terminal imitating the now-defunct Thu Thiem ferry terminal.

According to a source, HCMC authorities have approved the main points in the scale-1/500 planning of the central square and riverside park in Thu Thiem urban area.

In 2014, the HCMC government sent the HCMC People’s Council the project of building the central square and riverside park in Thu Thiem urban area with a total investment of VND1,970 billion under the build-transfer (BT) format with Dai Quang Minh Real Estate Investment Joint Stock Company as the investor.

Thu Thiem is planned to become a new urban area of regional and international stature. Therefore, the central square and riverside park need to be unique

for organizing political and cultural events as well as daily activities.

In related news, HCMC authorities have approved the adjustment of the scale-1/2000 planning of the 2b functional area in Thu Thiem urban area which is planned for an observatory complex as high as 86 storeys. According to the adjustment, the total area of the 2b section amounts to more than 145,000 square meters.

Besides, two more roads will be built to improve transportation in the area, including N17b road parallel with Thu Thiem underwater tunnel and S1 road parallel with Thu Thiem 3 bridge.

The planning adjustment is also aimed to increase housing units from 2,831 to 3,787 but keep the same population size of 19,733 people and increase the parking area from 156,935 square meters to 192,882 square meters.

The adjustment will also help optimize landscape and architectural space for a diversity of commercial and cultural activities around the 86-storey observatory tower which is hoped to become an iconic structure of not only Thu Thiem urban area but also HCMC.

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