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JB CBD transformation – Undiscovered Jewel of The World

Last Updated August 26, 2021

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JB CBD transformation program

by MySgProp, June 11, 2013.

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Rejuvenate & Revitalize Johor Bahru City Centre

Johor Bahru City Centre covers an area larger than the Central Business District (CBD) for higher land capacity and better economic opportunities.

Objectives of this transformation program:

•    To identify elements that are significant and shape the characteristics of Johor Bahru thus contributing to the new economic activities especially in tourism industry

•    To ensure that the historical and cultural aspects of the State are preserved, enhanced and promoted

•     To ensure a well-managed system of implementation for the proposed projects, including stakeholders’ engagement and long-term involvement

The Current Situations:

The Natural Strength of Johor Bahru City Centre (JBCC) has always been its Strategic Location…

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Issues to be Resolved!

FOCUS AREA1
FOCUS AREA2
FOCUS AREA3
CITY IMPROVEMENTS FOR COASTAL AREA & WATER QUALITY•    RIVER QUALITY CLASS III & IV•    FLASH FLOOD•    INEFFECTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENTKEY ISSUES•    No centralised sewerage treatment plan

 

•    Overlapping governance jurisdiction

•    Insufficient drainage capacity during peak flows

•    Existing Sg Segget unable to cater for 100 years flood

•    Untreated oil & grease and ineffective solid waste collection

•    Unhygienic eating areas

•    Insufficient recycling facilities

CITY OPTIMISATION OF HERITAGE & CULTURE AS ECONOMIC ASSET•    DILAPIDATIONKEY ISSUES•    Deterioration of buildings•    Unexploited Heritage Buildings•    Abandoned projects CITY ENHANCEMENT TOWARDS LIVEABLE AND LOW CARBON CITY•    INADEQUATE PUBLIC SPACES & AMENITIES•    INSUFFICIENT BROADBAND ACCESSKEY ISSUES•    Hot spot areas•    Lack of connectivity

 

•    Insufficient signage

•    Limited broadband coverage

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KRA Planning Implementation
KRA1: SG SEGGET
RIVER REVITALISATION
1.1 Sg Segget Sewerage Treatment Plant1.2 Sg Segget Flood Mitigation System1.3 Refurbishment and Beautificationof Jalan Wong Ah Fook
KRA2: CITY DRAINAGE
IMPROVEMENTS
2.1 Ayer Molek Flood Mitigation System2.2 Ayer Molek Sewerage Network
KRA3: CITY CLEANSING AND
MAINTENANCE
3.1 Meldrum Food Village3.2 Oil and Grease Trap
KRA4: ENHANCEMENT OF ICT
CONNECTIVITY
4.1 Installation of new Fibre Optic and RSCP cabling and transmission station.
KRA5: BUILDINGS RESTORATION AND
CONSERVATION
5.1 Restoration and Adaptive Ruse of Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim5.2 KTMB Train Museum5.3 Upgrading Botanical Garden
KRA6: WALKABLE AND SAFE CITY 6.1 Building Connectors For JB SentralKomtar-Matex-Persada6.2 Pedestrian Skyways Along Jalan Siu Chin to Jalan Ungku Puan6.3 High Mast Lighting At Hot Spot Areas

In summary, the Rejuveneration Program will be kicked off with KRA1 at Sungai Segget. The objective of KRA1 is to clean the Straits of Johor water and improve its quality, pollution must be reduced at source especially Sungai Segget catchment.

Upon completion, there will be major changes to Johor Bahru City Centre as an attractive place to visit, live and conduct business.

KRA1: JALAN WONG AH FOOK BEFORE AND AFTER

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Connection to the past: Johor Baru’s old bridge.

KRA2: Focus areas along the 5KM long Sungai Ayer Molek

Sungai Ayer Molek and its surrounding areas have been facing issues on flood recurrence since the 1990’s. According to the research, it is due to high tides in the Ayer Molek catchment areas especially at Jalan Yahya Awal and Jalan Ayer Molek.

The following picture shows the focus areas where to tackle te problem.

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KRA3: Meldrum Food Village

In JB CBD area, there are about 276 food and beverages premises. However there are about 94 hawkers are operating in an unhygienic, disorganized and congested environment from back alleys.

To resolve this problem, the authority had proposed the “Meldrum Food Village” to relocate the hawkers at the back alley of Jalan Meldrum.

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KRA4: ICT Connectivity

ICT is now a basic city requirement, but penetration and connectivity are low compared to other countries. In JB CBD area, it has 100% coverage but at 2G speed, whereas the current standard of speed is 3G.

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With that, some upgrading infrastructure projects and initiatives should be implemented immediately in order to bridge the separation between wired internet and wireless. The programme shall be implemented via public private partnership.

The proposed approach is to deploy the gigabit network to 34 high demand areas in 3 phases as shown in the following picture:

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KRA5: Building Restroration & Conservation

Why do we need to Conserve and Restore the Buildings?To ensure Historical Buildings are not only protected and conserved for the future, but to be developed with economical activities for the Tourism industry. JBCC has the opportunity to optimise its city    tourism    by restoring and conserving 31 out of 39    buildings recommended    for heritage area.

The following are some of the targeted historical buildings under the KRA5.

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Rejuvenating JB heritage: Cascading Retail @ Bukit Timbalan.

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Living with heritage: Artist impression of Boutique Hotel @ Bukit Timbalan

KRA6: Walkable and Safe City

3,000 people crossing the Causeway bridge which connect JB Sentral and CIQ. JB City Center emphasizes its liveability factor by providing a pedestrian friendly city.

•Missing linkage between Jalan Wong Ah Fook and Jalan Trus

•No connectivity between CIQ and other part of the city

•Poor maintenance

•Lack of covered walkways

•Hot spots area with crime

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JB Sentral – KOMTAR – Matex -PERSADA Building Connector

• Total length: 350 m, Width: 2.5 m

Pedestrian Skyways along Jalan Siu Chin and Jalan Ungku Puan

•Connections between JB Sentral-KTM-Merlin Tower – Old Town and Bukit Timbalan

•Total length: 500 m, Width: 2.5 m

High Mast Lighting at Hot Spot Areas

•Addressing urban insecurity and promote culture of crime prevention in JB City Centre

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Other Future Plans:

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JB CBD – Undiscovered Jewel In The World (Part 2): New Business District …. to be continued!

Reference:

www.iskandarmalaysia.com.my/

www.iskandarwaterfront.com/

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johor_Bahru‎/

Remaking Johor Bahru


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