Vietnam developer and Sumitomo join to build $4BN smart city (Nikkei Asian Review)
Central Hanoi at night: The smart city will be located 20 minutes away by car.
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Leading Vietnamese developer BRG Group and Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. will spend 450 billion yen ($4.21 billion) to develop a smart city on the outskirts of Hanoi, the partners said Sunday.
The project, slated to be one of the largest urban development in Vietnam, kicks off in 2020 with the construction of about 7,000 apartments and homes.
BRG and Sumitomo formed a 50-50 joint venture to develop about 270 hectares located a 20-minute drive from the center of the capital city.
"City planning is an effort without a fixed goal," Sumitomo President Masayuki Hyodo said. "We will create a city that suits Vietnam."
High-rise apartments will be built in the first phase, with occupancy set to begin in 2022 for 20,000 to 25,000 people. Office buildings and large commercial facilities will be constructed in the second phase. A rail station that links to Hanoi's city center and the international airport is planned for the future.
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