CMI invests in shopping centers

CMI is preparing the expansion and remodeling of five projects in Guatemala. This investment is almost ready. Pradera Zacapa, in the eastern department of Zacapa, will be inaugurated in November. It adds up to a $15 million investment for a complex of 69 commercial premises.

The final stretch of 2019 becomes opening season for CMI, the real estate arm of Corporación Multi Inversiones (CMI), which in October began with the expansions of Pradera Chimaltenango and Pradera Xela, as well as the remodeling of Pradera Escuintla, and will continue later with the opening of Padera Zacapa and Pradera Petapa.

Pradera Zacapa, which will have 13,500 square meters of construction area, plus 18,000 square meters for parking, will be inaugurated in November. The investment in this single-level complex, which includes 69 commercial spaces and approximately 350 parking spaces, amounts to $15 million.

This is the first shopping center in which the firm will incorporate a solar panel system, the first pilot project to generate complementary clean and renewable energy for use in the complex, by means of 7,000 square meters of panels mounted on the roofs of the infrastructure.

Depending on solar radiation, the firm anticipates that these will generate half of the energy required by the Pradera Zacapa operation.

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How is the initiative formed?

The initiative, which will be environmentally friendly, will highlight aspects such as efficient lighting with LED lamps, energy-efficient air conditioning system and treatment plants.

It will also use polyurethane sheets for the roof, bedroom glass and waterproofing with high reflectance value, which will minimize the impact of heat.

The façade will respond to the renewed design of the Pradera shopping centers. The concept adopted will include green walls and natural plants native to the region, which will be maintained by means of a drip ferti-irrigation system that, compared to traditional systems, will save 40% of water..

What year did this construction begin?

Construction began in December 2018 and has generated around 600 jobs for local workers, indicates Juan Pablo Caballeros, engineering and construction manager of Multiproyectos.

Pradera Zacapa will be the brand’s thirteenth shopping center and will have two anchors, Cinépolis movie theaters and a La Torre supermarket.

In addition, there will be 20 kiosks, a food court with seven restaurant options and capacity for 300 diners, and an area that will be connected to a pergola and a park with a green area. The project is located in zone 3 of the departmental capital of Zacapa.

Expansions and remodeling

In Escuintla, the company is finalizing a total image remodeling and the creation of new uses within the original footage. To this end, it is investing approximately $5 million, explains Natalia Cozza, the company’s community shopping center manager.

Among the investments the company is currently making is the inauguration of the expansion of the Pradera Chimaltenango shopping center. This is something innovative and will surely benefit the Guatemalan community, explains Felipe Antonio Bosch Gutiérrez.

It is a project that allows for the duplication of the commercial complex and contemplates new amenities, more stores and diverse dining options for its guests. “It is a complete remodeling of various spaces,” emphasizes entrepreneur Gutiérrez Mayorga..

Carla Fowler

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