Vipingo city residential component ready in 2020

By People Reporter
Monday, December 23rd, 2019
Vipingo Development MD Ken Mbae with Mkwajuni Primary School pupils during the handing over of a classroom and a library. Photo/PD/BONFACE MSANGI

Monica Kagia

The first phase of a residential component of the Vipingo Model City development in Kilifi county will be ready early in 2020.

The project’s owners, Vipingo Development Limited, said the project, which aims at setting up the largest mixed-use development in the Coast region, is slowly becoming a reality. 

Vipingo Development is a subsidiary of Centum Investments, which is listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange. “The first phase of the residential component will be ready by early 2020,” said Managing Director Kenneth Mbae. 

“The area will comprise commercial, residential, hospitality and institutional zones set up within a controlled, master-planned development,” he added. 

The whole project is being implemented on 10,254 acres of land and is supported by an urban environment, high-quality infrastructure and state-of-the-art amenities and services. 

The developer is also offering local youth technical and soft skills so as to take up jobs at the project.

“The mission is to equip youths with skills in line with the project’s components so as to take over jobs in the next 10 years,” he said. 

Mbae said the vocational training programme had seen 150 youth graduate with various skills, majority securing jobs in the construction sites. 

The developer is also investing in education and infrastructure to boost learning. Already, new facilities in four schools in Vipingo and a vocational institution have been completed.

The firm has handed over classrooms and libraries at Mkwajuni and Kadzinuni primary schools.

 At the same time Longhorn Publishers—a sister company—has donated new curriculum textbooks that will benefit 659 pupils of Kadzinuni and 1,368 pupils of Mkwajuni school pupils aged between six and 18 years, Mbae said. 

In addition, Vipingo has rolled out a full scholarship programme that has supported 40 bright needy students to pursue high school education. 

Dubbed 1255-Palm Ridge, the estate is a four-storey apartment block comprising one, two and three-bedroomed units on sale at Sh2.5 million, Sh3.5 million and Sh4.6 million.  

A neighbouring Industrial Investment Park will cost Centum more than Sh100 billion while Awali Estate, a housing project, has 62 maisonettes.