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Santo Domingo.- Novo-Centro, a new and modern commercial and business tower, was inaugurated last night with the presence of industrialists, diplomats, clients, co-owners and international and local guests.

Novo-Centro president Alvaro Gorrín Gonzalez and senior executives headed the ribbon cutting for the impressive structure located on Lope de Vega avenue, in the upscale Naco sector, built at a cost of more than US$65 million.

Gorrín said the 18 story building is a modern commercial center with a diversity of functions, including areas for stores and three parking levels. He said it will create 1,500 jobs and predicted it will become an icon over Santo Domingo’s skyline.

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Written by: WalterPolo, 16 Sep 2011 9:54 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
How much of it is sold or rented out?

With Malecon center, Acropolis and Blue Mall with a high vacancy rate, hope it's not going to be just another white elephant.
Written by: danny00, 16 Sep 2011 9:59 AM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
predicted it will become an icon over santo domingo’s skyline.
yes the skyline. what about below the skyline?
the trash in the streets, in the rivers, in front of every busy plaza small or large?
in the florida keys on monday-friday u will see signs up alone us1 the major road though the florida keys, the signs reads "slow state inmates doing clean-ups". the state of florida brings out on these days low-profile inmates all not doing very much time for minor offenses.
most of the time i see only one correction officer overlooking maybe 15-20 inmates. so the roads get cleaned not much cost to the state or the government. maybe some thing like this would work in the dr?
Written by: danny00, 16 Sep 2011 10:05 AM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
the blue mall is one beautiful place great shops and the food court for a mall has decent food and is clean.
last time i was there i saw many people that did not look like they belong there. dont get me wrong its that the shops are very expensive and u can see that these folks did not have much money.{did not see many people with shopping bags or just bags in their hands} some of the shops had people out side their front doors {hawking} trying to hustle customers in their business. and thats not a good sign in fact this should not be happing in this type of mall.
as i said from day one dont think this mall or malls like this are going to make it now., hope iam wrong i love the place.
Written by: danny00, 16 Sep 2011 10:10 AM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
guess the blue mall can save money by doing what plaza central does?
dont pay for the luz. this would bring down their costs of operating the mall.
one problem i do see also two may pizza places one on top of the other in all the malls.
Written by: lsantiago77, 16 Sep 2011 10:35 AM
From: United States
the same thing that happens in blue mall and acropolis will happen here, when i go to blue mall the people only go to either eat or to the movies, i rarely extremely rarely see anybody with shopping bags from the stores, in reality, if u think about it, those stores have a rent of about 150 to 200 and some change thousand peso a month, so most of the people forking over that kind of money are usually in the politics or drugs business, its called money laundering, no sane honest person would pay 150 thousand peso for rent on a little store thats not producing much. but all in all,. i love the fact they create more jobs and give us entertainment and alot of eye candy
Written by: rodrigito, 16 Sep 2011 11:00 AM
From: United States
Instead of better schools and social programs for our children..
What a joke !
Written by: DONT_BE_SILENT, 16 Sep 2011 11:48 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Yo Soy Luis Diaz
Rodri, this is private investment, they do with their money whatever they want.
Written by: DomLon, 16 Sep 2011 12:04 PM
From: United Kingdom
Does the right demographic exist to support these Malls?

Me thinks this all going to end in tears.

With regards to Blue Mall. You would be a fool to buy stuff in some shops there - much of it (jewelry etc) is cheap tat displayed to look and priced expensive. There were base metal examples being sold for double the price you would pay for a piece of solid silver jewelry handmade by a genuine silversmith in the UK.
Written by: imgenuine, 16 Sep 2011 1:25 PM
From: Puerto Rico
I was in Santo Domingo at the end of August and beginning of September 2011. I took a walk from Plaza Central down Churchill to Gustavo Mejia Ricart and the Blue Mall then on Gustavo Mejia Ricart to Lope de Vega right up Lope de Vega to Roberto Pastoriza full circle back to Plaza Central. I passed this new Center on Lope de Vega went inside an almost empty mall. I also saw just as many not very old abandoned buildings, (with broken glass garbage all around it etc.) as new ones going up. I see these new commercial centers trying to appeal to the 5% of the population that has all the money and wealth. I saw corruption and distrust everywhere. I lived 10 years in sSanto Domingo starting in 1985 and it saddened me to see the present state of affairs.
Written by: Ricardolito, 16 Sep 2011 4:35 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I am glad you walked and did not try to drive or sit in a taxi ,,because Lope de Vega and Lincoln and kennedy are disaster zones with traffic gridlocked most of the time .and these malls ..such a small percentage of people can afford to but anything in them ,,,but maybe some of it is just money laundering ,It would seem the only logical explanation
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