President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, cut sod for the commencement of a housing project in Appolonia City.
Speaking at the sod cutting ceremony, President Nana Addo said that the Appolonia Housing project “is in line with his government’s vision of using an appropriate mix of public policy, and public-private investments, to deliver quality, affordable social housing and private housing solutions, that meet the needs and financial capacity of the ordinary Ghanaian”. According to the President, the housing project comes as a relief to all Ghanaians who are yearning to own a home, or in the least, a decent rented accommodation.
Nana Addo who described Apolonia City as a “laudable initiative”, expressed happiness at the developmental project, stating that the Appolonia community is a shareholder in the business.
“Contractors working on the building projects are also to employ and provide skills training to members of the community. This is a laudable initiative, a model I would encourage others to emulate,” the President said.
The multi-million dollar project which will be financed in partnership by Appolonia City and Ghana Home Loans, will see to the construction of 2000 affordable housing units for Ghanaian residents. The partnership brings together Ghana Home Loans, backed by the Abraaj Group, local promoters, with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and Rendeavour, the developer of Appolonia City in a unique partnership between the Chiefs, elders and community of the Appolonia stool.
The pilot phase of the project involves the construction of 100 semi-detached, detached and terraced housing units on a six-acre land in the city, and is expected to be completed in 18 months. The project is targeted at helping to reduce Ghana’s housing deficit serving as an engine of local development, at the national and regional scales respectively. Ghana Home Loans will also provide flexible financing solutions that will enable Ghanaians acquire their dream homes in the area on completion of the houses.
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Also Speaking at the sod cutting of the housing project, Stephen Jennings, Founder and CEO of Rendeavour said “Appolonia City has a vision to provide superior urban infrastructure, housing and places of work for the people of Ghana. This housing project is a major part of fulfilling that vision.”
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson who was also at the occasion, described the initiative as “an investment in Ghana’s future”, pointing out that it will facilitate his priority of deepening commercial engagement in a way that benefit both Ghanaians and Americans.
The housing project will benefit from Appolonia City’s high-quality infrastructure, including tarred roads, ICT networking and integrated safety and security systems, as well as social infrastructure, such as schools, clinics, open green space and shops.
Appolonia City is a mixed-use and mixed-income contemporary urban oasis expected to house about 88,000 residents and entertain tens of thousands of daily visitors on its completion. It is a 2,325-acre project located within the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area of Ghana – 20km east of Accra, between the towns of Oyibi and Afienya, encompassing residential, commercial, retail and light industrial developments, as well as social amenities like schools, healthcare and family parks.
Launched in 2012, it is in the vision of Rendeavour through Appolonia City, to help create the infrastructure – the living and working spaces, communities, schools and hospitals – that will help sustain and accelerate Africa’s economic growth. It is being designed to simultaneously offer a place to live, work, shop, a place for entertainment, relaxation and much more, in a well-planned natural environment coupled with the highest standards of infrastructure.
The city is broadly divided into Nova Ridge, The Oxford and Appolonia Business Park:
Nova Ridge is a gated residential community which covers a total area of 59 acres. Plots of serviced land are currently on sale at Nova Ridge where you can build a home to suit your lifestyle starting from $16,500.
The Oxford is a residential estate covering 420 houses across a total area of 20 hectares (49 acres). It is is a self-sustaining community which provides the comfort, happiness and satisfaction of urban living. Already built and furnished homes are currently available for sale at the estate starting from $80,000.
The Appolonia City residential areas boasts of state-of-the-art amenities and infrastructure such as club houses with swimming pool and restaurant, tennis/basketball court, 24hr excellent security, Jogging & biking trail, on-site electricity, running water, ICT networking, etc.
Appolonia City Business Park
The Appolonia Business Park is a 89 acres of serviced land, designed to accommodate a range of uses including non-polluting light industry, manufacturing, processing, storage, logistics and service companies. The park offers land spaces where you can build or position your business. Good and durable road network, constant electricity and water supply, 24-hour security and safety, are some of the basic amenities and infrastructure the park boasts of.