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Yaese Town regroups with new commercial development plan

Date Posted: 2011-09-23

Blocked and limited by designation of part of its land mass under an urbanization regulation involving Naha City planning, Yaese Town has readjusted its plans for building a Kochinda Plaza area as a facility less than 10,000 square meters in size.

The Yaese Town move was the first under Okinawa regulations requiring district planning decisions to be made in accordance with stringent development master plans. San-A is the first to announce building a facility in the Kochinda Plaza area. An official familiar with the plan says he expects San-A to build a large shopping center in Yaese Town, a first for the town. The shopping area “will be connected to an extension of employment and increases in tax revenues for Yaese Town.

Only 9.1% of Yaese Town’s land is available for development. Of the former Kochinda district, 1,344 hectares is designated as an urbanization regulation area where Yaese Town has no say-so on development. That rule has up-until-now kept companies from building a large shopping center that sells clothes and other ‘necessities’ in Yaese Town.

The Okinawa Prefecture Shopping Trend Research Office reports that the situation has caused 90% of Yaese Town’s population to have to do their shopping away from their residential areas. The new shopping center’s size hasn’t been decided, but San-A officials hint it should be equal to the size of shopping centers such as Shiozaki City in Itoman, or Oyama City in Ginowan.

A San-A spokesman says the new shopping center will be open in autumn 2012, at the earliest.

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