Southern Sun Hotel is located along the Southern Bypass in between Kikuyu town and Thogoto town.
Its located opposite Alliance Girls high school.
The Southern bypass is scheduled to be completed by end of 2014.
The hotel is also scheduled to be completed in phases, with the 1st phase ready by end of 2014.
The hotel comprises of 33 rooms, all sold to the public who will own a share of the Limited Liability company that owns the hotel.
The search fro suitable land to buy started in the 1st week of January 2014. Initial leads were gotten through google search and Olx. The first leads took us to lands along the Thogoto to Gikambura road where 1/4 acre plots touching tarmac were selling for between 4.5 to 8m depending on how close they were to Thogoto town.
We visited 3 to 4 plots for sale on day 1, all along the Thogoto Gikambura road, which was abit off the main bypass.
By then, most land selling agents were al saying that there was no land on sale along the bypass.
Most land along the bypass in Thogoto belongs to large institutions, namely Ngong Forest, PCEA Thogoto church, PCEA Thogoto teachers college and Alliance Boys and Girls schools.
The few individual land owners were not selling.
On the second day, we got a lead from one of the agents who connected us to land for sale along the bypass, a 1/8th acre selling at kes 4.5.
We settled for this and met with the family that owned the land. We agreed on the price. At the second meeting, the family decided not to sell or got a better buyer. We embarked on more search. We saw a few plots within Thogoto town which are owned by the Kikuyu county council and a few more behind the town.
All of these were off the main bypass and in shabby neighbourhoods which would not work well with a hotel project.
We met an agent who had several plots along the bypass, mostly 1/4 acre plots selling for between kes 8 to 10m which was above our budget. Luckily, he showed us the current site .
At our first visit, the site seemed too small such that it was undevelopable.
I decided to make lemonade out of the lemons we had been dished. Since the plot was half of a normal eighth acre, i decided to see it as an advantage in that this reduced buying price meant that with 2 or 3 member contributions, we would be past the stage of land acquisition.
I thought over it and decided the plot could fit 10 to 11 rooms per floor from the 1st floor since we needed to leave the ground floor free for the restaurant, kitchen , and offices.
The plot has 2 access roads, from the southern bypass side and from the back side.
This means there is more room to open up windows hence maximum space utilisation.
We settled on this and set up a meeting to begin payments and agreement signing with the sellers lawyer.
The agreement was signed and 50% of sale price paid in as deposit.
The ownership document was a confirmation of grant from inheritance by the grand daughter of the original owner, a Mr Kiarie, deceaced.
The process kicked off the next day where we met a surveyor who would hive off the part of the plot already compulsorily acquired by Ministry of roads for the bypass so as to remove the caveat by Government of Kenya on the title deed.
This process is ongoing currently. The next process will be to transfer the land from the current owner to A for Architect limited, a company owned by any member who would like to be a part of the hotel project and has paid the cost of 1 share.
We also met Engineer Jonathan, who works for the Chinese construction company construction the bypass, who confirmed to us that the design for the bypass was amended this month to include service roads to access to our plot.
We plan that cars enter from the main highway service road, through the ground floor level and park at the rear service roads which are very private.
Once the land is acquired and the title goes into the name of A for Architect LTD, we will then begin construction after the Kikuyu county Government grants us the approval to construct the multi storey hotel.
Francis Gichuhi Kamau, Architect.