, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – The Tatu City management says some 2,500 acres are under development, where they have already made 44 leases and sold up to 150 residential plots.
Already 13 firms, among them Dormans Coffee, whose processing plant is underway, Bidco oil Refinery Limited, Unilever and Kim Fay which it is set to construct a new production facility, have sealed deals with them.
The Dormans facility will sit on a 10-acre piece of land and will include the company’s corporate headquarters as well as processing, packaging, warehousing and trading facilities capable of handling more than 15,000 tonnes of coffee per year.
When the facility is fully built, close to 200 Dormans employees will work at Tatu Industrial Park.
The multi-billion project Country Head Nick Langford says Rendeavour, the company owning the land intends to use Sh2.2 billion in the next two years in undertaking various projects.
“We have about 500 people working on various projects; in two years time, we will create thousands of jobs,” he said.
The city, he said will have shopping malls, education and religious institutions and some 30,000 visitors per day.
Langford was speaking during a site tour of the project based in Kiambu County on Thursday, where Tatu City Chief Executive Officer Anthony Njoroge noted that bulky infrastructure undertaking is already complete of a Sh2.2 billion sewer system and the road network.
The water treatment construction is also ongoing.
Once complete, the project is estimated to cost more than Sh11.8 billion with residential accommodation of controlled development of up to 100,000 people.
“We are the master developer where we shall come with guidelines,” Njoroge said. “There is a committee that makes sure the guidelines are followed.”
Langford said besides creating employment for thousands of people, Tatu City will decongest Nairobi.
It will include residential areas and high density apartments that will range from Sh2 to Sh4 million.
The project has been characterised by land disputes, which Langford said is under another developing firm which does not affect the ongoing developments.