Streetscapes: SS19 commercial area still drawing the crowds

This article first appeared in City & Country, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on September 7, 2020 - September 13, 2020.
Streetscapes: SS19 commercial area still drawing the crowds (Photo by Hannah Rafee/The Edge)

Streetscapes: SS19 commercial area still drawing the crowds (Photo by Hannah Rafee/The Edge)

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The established commercial area of SS19/6 has catered to the SS19 community in Subang Jaya, Selangor, for decades. With SJK (C) Lick Hung just around the corner and surrounded by old landed homes, the area sees a steady stream of shoppers and diners.

Among the businesses here are  7-Eleven, KK Supermart, Bank Pertanian Malaysia, Natural Aquatic World, Dobi Victoria, tuition centres and fruit shops.

Patrons of the mamak and Malay food stalls along SS19/6, where you can find arguably one of the best rojak in Subang Jaya, are usually greeted by warm, friendly faces. The area is turned into a small bazaar during Ramadan.

“SS19/6 is the main commercial centre within the SS19 area in Subang Jaya. It was developed by Sime UEP Properties Sdn Bhd and completed in 1986. It was formerly a rubber estate known as Seafield Estate, owned by Sime Darby. It consists mainly of double-storey shoplots that stretch from the main road, Persiaran Tujuan, to Jalan SS19/2,” says LaurelCap Sdn Bhd executive director Stanley Toh.

SS19/6 forms part of Subang Jaya, a well-established neighbourhood in Selangor that has many amenities. Developed by the then Sime UEP Properties Bhd in the 1970s on old rubber estates, the self-contained township is made up of mostly residential units. It is highly accessible and is located next to Shah Alam, Puchong, Putra Heights and Petaling Jaya.

In terms of market activity, the shops along SS19/6 in particular have been relatively active, according to Toh. “There were about six transactions of shoplots from the beginning of 2018 to the end of 2019,” he says.

Photo by Hannah Rafee/The Edge

“Prices psf on built-up area are between RM700 and RM950. Average rental for the ground floor is RM3 to RM3.50 psf. Rental for the first floor is about RM1.30 to RM1.50 psf,” he adds.

There are a couple of key challenges in SS19/6. “In addition to traffic congestion, there is not much room for growth as the shops there cater mainly to the residents of SS19 and the spillover from SS18. It is the same human traffic volume year on year as there is no more future development or redevelopment potential in the area,” notes Toh.

Nevertheless, the outlook for this area appears favourable. “In terms of future prospects for the SS19/6 area, the prices of shoplots will remain intact and on an upward trend, albeit at a much slower rate due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and overall poor market sentiment,” he concludes.