Gov’t eyes launching of Iloilo Central Market Redevelopment Project this 2012
The redevelopment of the Iloilo Central Market, a heritage building at the heart of the metro, was first proposed in 2008 as part of the city’s central business district revitalization project. Three years after, it seemed that the project was already shelved due to lack of progress on its implementation. But this December, the City Mayor’s Office floated the idea of formally launching this redevelopment plan by first quarter of 2012. The government looks into a public-private partnership to finance the project.
So what’s exactly the Iloilo Central Market Redevelopment Project has in store?
Iloilo Central Market Redevelopment Plan
Since there’s not much update on the proposal, I did some research and found some of the basic features of the plan. To summarize, here’s the gist of the proposal:
The Iloilo Central Market is a proposed building construction project with a heritage restoration feature for its front facade. The present structure occupies 1.37 hectare and is bounded by major avenues in the city such as Iznart, Rizal, Aldeguer and Guanco streets.
Once completed, much of the area of the central market will be occupied by a 3 five-storey mixed-used structure that will be leasable to private establishment and businesses. It will also include a parking building and internal roads to improve traffic and accessibility.
Land use components are the following:
a) Commercial arcade for the existing Heritage building;
b) Office/residential towers and a parking building linked by a podium for the main area behind the Heritage building;
c) Wet market and dry goods area under the podium;
d) Open public promenade adjacent to the Heritage building; and
e) Miscellaneous commercial stall strip along Aldeguer and Guanco strips.
The beautiful art-deco 2 storey V-shaped facade of the central market will be preserved and restored. Between the retained facade and the main complex will be a promenade that will include open spaces, restaurants, and possibly an activity center.
And my personal favorite: If applicable, green architecture shall be included in the building design so that natural light and ventilation, access innovations, public visibility features and promenade greeneries would become efficient and sustainable parts of the project.
The project also calls for another effort to take the welfare of present vendors into consideration. The pre-feasibility study suggested the creation of training and organization programs with the help of NGOs, including microfinance mechanisms, in order to enhance business practices and consumer services of local vendors or “hawkers”.
It is important to note that the basic concepts of this project is to improve infrastructure and utility to make the present market an interesting and convenient urban consumer area while preserving the city’s heritage. By making the heritage feature an integral part of this redevelopment effort, the city hopes to attract more tourists and foster a pride of place for Ilonggos in general.
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Editor’s Note: Iloilo I LOVE! shall monitor the progress of this project and update this post of any developments regarding the Iloilo Central Market. As for the pedestrianization of Calle Real, no word has come yet from the city government. Hopefully the CBD Revitalization project will go into full swing soon.