Ayala Land’s Centrala: A landmark venture to enhance Angeles City
Written by: Amy R. Remo
It’s undoubtedly the country’s pioneer, an unrivaled authority in creating truly sustainable, masterplanned estates across the country.
Over the decades, property giant Ayala Land Inc. has fittingly demonstrated its expertise and prowess in developing integrated communities that cater to the changing, diverse needs of a modern society. A cursory look at its iconic developments like the Makati Central Business District (CBD), Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig, and Nuvali in Santa Rosa, Laguna would showcase its visionary urban planning and innovative approach to creating dynamic, self-sustaining communities that seamlessly integrate modern living with natural landscapes.
Beyond being groundbreaking however, Ayala Land’s 50 estates have more importantly become engines of growth in their respective locales, attracting investments and generating jobs that have opened up fresh opportunities to create wealth within the community and in surrounding towns.
Modern urban center
Today, this same visionary urban planning is finding its way to the City of Angeles in Pampanga.
Ayala Land has begun developing here the 48-hectare Centrala, a masterplanned estate that will feature commercial spaces, lifestyle centers, residential neighborhood with Avida’s Aldea Grove, and verdant open spaces. It is envisioned to become a bustling modern business district of the new center in downtown Angeles, which is a first class, highly urbanized city considered as the business, aviation, tourism, and leisure hub of Northern Luzon.
Sustainable, dynamic and interconnected, Centrala is taking shape as a landmark venture poised to further enhance Angeles City as a thriving hub for business, lifestyle and community living.
And there’s no doubt that it will be.
As it is, Centrala touts a strategic location that will make it one of the most connected estates in Pampanga. The fact that it’s located in a progressive city within an equally dynamic province already gives it a distinct edge, indicative of the promising prospects that can be tapped here.
More specifically, Centrala will have four access points leading directly to MacArthur Highway, Pandan Road, and the proposed Eastern Circumferential Road (ECR). These will enable access to major roads such as North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, among others.
With more vital infrastructure projects in the pipeline, residents and locators can most certainly expect further ease in traveling to Metro Manila and nearby cities such as Clark and Pampanga’s capital, San Fernando, both of which are less than half an hour away from the estate. Notable too is Centrala’s proximity to key commercial and institutional developments within the province as well as the Clark International Airport.
Empowering businesses, communities
Mirroring Ayala Land’s commitment to excellence, Centrala is similarly designed to offer a holistic, conducive environment that will empower businesses and communities alike enabling companies to flourish while residents get to enjoy a well-rounded, balanced lifestyle.
It weaves together a complete mix of uses that will include a residential community by Ayala Land; mixed-use town center to complement the neighborhoods within the estate; a school to cater to growing families; connected open spaces with community parks and retail structures; and a transport terminal to increase mobility inside the estate and to nearby towns.
Centrala further ensures a seamless connection with nature as it has integrated a sprawling 2.5-ha park—a refreshing green expanse suitable for community events and family-oriented outdoor activities. It will be complemented by a community retail center that is set to host a grocery, cafe, restaurant, and pharmacy.
Businesses, in particular, will find it ideal to locate in what could very well be the next CBD of the province. Whether they are homegrown enterprises or multinational corporations, Centrala presents an optimal setting for them to grow and expand their footprint in Central Luzon.
Centrala distinguishes itself through its seamless plug-and-play infrastructure, featuring convenient tapping points for essential utilities like Telco, Power, Water, and Sewage. The meticulously designed road system within the estate prioritizes efficient traffic management, while a thoughtfully integrated park system enhances open space and encourages pedestrian traffic for businesses situated in the estate. Additionally, Centrala presents a unique chance for freehold ownership of premium commercial lots.
It’s also worth noting that Alveo Land, the upscale residential brand of Ayala Land, will be spearheading the development of the commercial spaces here.
Leveraging its expertise in developing high-growth environments, Alveo is seen to replicate the success of Broadfield, which offers a vibrant landscape for enterprises in Laguna, and Evo City, an emerging CBD in Cavite. Both estates have since seen a strong take-up of commercial lots, proof that Alveo has successfully created a conducive landscape for businesses in these areas.
For Centrala, Alveo will offer an average size of 770 sqm per commercial lot, spread across a 10-ha expanse for its first phase. Thus setting the stage for diverse business ventures.
Prospective entrepreneurs and investors have the flexibility to establish an array of establishments, including restaurants, entertainment centers, cinemas, galleries, retail stores, showrooms, studios, and even pay parking facilities. Additionally, the development allows for other purposes such as hotels, schools, clinics, and health facilities.
No doubt, this blend of versatility and strategic planning offers a prime opportunity for individuals and businesses to shape Centrala into a dynamic and thriving commercial destination.