10-hectare biz park to rise in Davao

Laviña said during the Club 888 press conference Wednesday the possible project will be between the Floirendo family and Ayala Land, Inc.

Laviña, who chair's the city council's committee on trade and commerce, said they have asked the group to incorporate a convention center in the proposed development.

He said the business park is patterned after how ALI developed the Makati business district and Cebu's Ayala Center.

He said it will be a multi-use property with an anchor commercial area, theaters, e-commerce building, hotels, condominiums and offices.

Laviña said the property is eyed to be built in the Floirendo property in Bajada fronting the Redemptorist Church.

Laviña said he could not yet reveal more details on the proposed project as it still at its initial phase.

He cited three other possibilities for a Davao convention center by another group of Davao businessmen led by Vic Lao and John Gaisano.

He also cited a plan from both NCCC and SM City malls to expand their convention areas.

On Feb. 14, Mary Ann Montemayor, East ASEAN Growth Area Tourism Council chair, said Cebu's International Convention Center, venue of the recent ASEAN Leaders' Summit in January, is pulling business away from Davao despite the city's unique tourism advantages.

She said the city should have its own international convention center because it is losing to Cebu as national convention venue.

Montemayor the, alluded a looming joint venture project to build the convention center.