DAVAO CITY — The Ayala and Alcantara groups’ township project, Azuela Cove, is on track with its first residential building scheduled for topping off by the end of the year.

Rico Manuel, Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) area head for Mindanao, said in an e-mail interview last week that they have been able to catch up with the construction schedule after the delay in previous months and despite limitations in observance of health protocols. 

He said the company is forging ahead with the development as homebuyers are seen to prefer properties that offer a wide range of services and amenities within one complex.

“The pandemic changed our perspective in life, highlighting the importance of health and living in a sustainable community. We are all of a sudden reminded of the importance of essential amenities and facilities that should be easily accessible to us during these times,” he said.

Azuela Cove features a high-end condominium, The Residences, located along the Davao City coast facing the Davao Gulf and Samal Island. The 22-floor, two-tower building has a combined 147 units ranging from 181 to 377 square meters each.

The 25-hectare mixed-use complex is a project of Aviana Development Corp., a joint venture company of ALI and the Alcantara Group of Companies.

A two-storey shopping center is also under construction, which will house the Gaisano Market and restaurants on the ground floor, and lifestyle shops on the second floor.

The Gaisano Market is targeted to open by the second quarter of 2021, according to Kristine G. Lim of the Gaisano’s DSG Sons Group, Inc.

A branch of St. Luke’s Medical Center will also be built within the complex.

Existing amenities include a row of cafes and dining places called The Shops, The Sports Hub, and The Enderun Tent for events and gatherings, which have all resumed operations under government-set restrictions on capacity.

Aviana Corp. has also partnered with the Department of Agriculture for the use of an open area as a weekend Kadiwa market where local farmers and food processors sell their goods.

“Our vision of offering a complete waterside community is steadily coming to fruition. With The Shops, The Enderun Tent, The Sports Hub, the upcoming Gaisano Hypermarket and St. Luke’s Hospital, Azuela Cove, is truly becoming the most ideal and complete in-city community to live in,” Mr. Manuel said. — Maya M. Padillo