Property developer Filinvest Land, Inc. (FLI) plans to further develop new civic spaces and improve in-city mobility at City di Mare, a green and master-planned community at the South Road Properties in Cebu City, to support the city’s environmental and resilience goals.
One area, about the size of two football fields, will be devoted to multi-use sports fields while another area will be devoted to leisure spaces such as bazaars, cultural spaces, food stalls, and interim pop-up attractions.
These spaces will add to City di Mare’s Open Park, which currently features brand-new recreational amenities including play and exercise equipment, and the City di Mare Events Grounds, the venue of the 2023 Sinulog Festival.
"We recognize the importance of civic spaces and in-city mobility enhancing the quality of life for Cebuanos. Thus, FLI is committed to creating a thriving community at City di Mare in Cebu City. As part of our dedication to the city's goals, we will be developing these new features to benefit the community,” said Don Ubaldo, first vice president for Filinvest Townships.
Civic or public spaces have been described as extensions of community and great contributors to community health, whether socially, economically, culturally, or environmentally.
The planned civic spaces at City di Mare are envisioned to provide Cebu City’s residents with recreational areas similar to parks and may even serve as emergency evacuation areas if needed.
“These spaces will not only provide residents with recreational areas but also contribute to the overall resilience and sustainability of the city. We look forward to working closely with the local government and community to bring these plans to fruition,” Ubaldo added.
On the mobility side, City di Mare residents, locators, and patrons will benefit from additional sidewalks, wider existing roads, new access roads leading into the development, and a pedestrian bridgeway connecting City di Mare to IL Corso, FLI’s Lifemall in Cebu. The boardwalk along IL Corso will also be enhanced to support the Cebu City government’s goal to improve the area’s coastal experience.
Nature-based designs are a common feature in all FLI developments. FLI residential subdivisions and midrise buildings, for instance, are characterized by lush greenery and open spaces for healthier living.
City di Mare is a 58-hectare development that fosters a complete and modern live-work-play lifestyle. It includes a 40-hectare mixed-used sector, a joint venture project of the Cebu City government and FLI, and a 10-hectare commercial component. It is also home to Cebu City’s first-ever pump track for active bicyclists.
In addition, the Filinvest Group acquired 8.1 hectares of land envisioned to be a mixed-use project featuring residential, commercial, office, and retail components at the SRP. (From PR)