The next normal is here and in this new era, more people are realizing the importance of safe and self-sufficient communities. At the height of the community quarantine, mixed-used developments grant residents easy access to essential goods and services like groceries and supermarkets, banks, and pharmacies. And as consumer preferences shift, integrated communities offer diverse features and opportunities to support and cultivate different lifestyles.
With the ongoing pandemic, real estate developer Federal Land continues to see increased demand for its township developments such as Metro Park in Pasay City and Grand Central Park in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
“After a year of extraordinary circumstances, Filipinos are now looking for more than just a good place to sleep in when it comes to finding their home,” Federal Land, Inc. Executive Vice President Catherine C. Ko says. “The comfort they feel inside their homes needs to extend to the areas outside their doors, into what we now call the ‘outside world’ for Filipinos to feel safe and secure in their environment. This is how communities offer value for our residents – living in our communities has allowed our residents to continue with their lives with minimal disruption, in a mixed-use community where almost everything that they need is within reach.”
Resilience built into developments
Federal Land designs and builds communities that provide residents a pleasant living experience through retail podiums, indoor and outdoor malls, and open spaces surrounding its residential properties. The integration of key establishments in Federal Land’s communities offers residents immediate access to essential goods and services. With its continuous drive to improve, the developer goes the extra mile to future-proof its properties by updating features based on learnings from the previous projects.
The quarantine restrictions have highlighted the importance of adapting living space to function not only as a home, but also as an office and for recreation. In BGC, Federal Land’s Grand Central Park offers luxury residential developments with spacious unit layouts and extra rooms that can be used as an office or classroom. In Bay Area, Metro Park’s resort-inspired condominium residences offer alternative spaces to work-from-home and landscaped gardens for relaxation.
With the heightened concerns on safety and sanitation, Ko says that the company has rolled out major safety regulations in its malls and existing properties and upgraded its sanitation facilities in accordance with IATF’s guidelines.
Additionally, Federal Land’s in-house property management team are trained to respond to and resolve residents’ issues that range from maintenance and upkeep to emergency response. Critical staff were housed onsite during the quarantine lockdowns to minimize disruptions to regular servicing and maintenance. Property management teams’ communication lines are open 24/7 to serve the needs of the residents.
As the retail segment tries to recover from pandemic-related losses, Federal Land continues to offer new shops and services to address residents’ needs and gradually recover the foot traffic in its mall establishments. Japanese global retailer UNIQLO recently opened in FLI’s Metro Park in Bay Area, complementing the township’s existing retail offerings.
A new era of integrated communities
Integrated communities continue to prove valuable in supporting their residents’ lifestyles as the world adapts to the “next normal.”
“When we plan our spaces, we always keep in mind the right mix of retail, food, and services, as well as the important segments of residential, commercial, retail, industrial, and office to improve our homeowners’ quality of life,” Ko says.
Change for most industries is expected given the uncertainties brought about by the pandemic, and communities will continue to evolve to complement the local market context. “Federal Land is committed to provide a better living experience through safer and connected spaces within strategically planned communities,” Ko concludes.
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