Construction on Olympic Athlete’s Village to start this month

Harumi Tokyo Athlete Village

On March 31, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced the post-olympic plans for the 44 hectare Athlete’s Village in the Tokyo bay area.

For the duration of the Olympics and Paralympics, athlete accommodation will be provided in 21 buildings ranging from 14 to 18 storeys. Afterwards, these existing buildings will be converted into condominium and rental apartments by private developers. After the games, construction will begin on two 50-storey high-rise apartment buildings. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2024.

In total there will be approximately 5,650 apartments housing 12,000 residents. The residences will also include share-houses and serviced apartments in order to cater to both younger residents and foreign tourists. Attracting residents from wider variety of age-groups will be necessary to avoid the area from becoming a ghost town in a few decades – a serious problem that many bedroom communities in Japan are facing.

Construction of the Athlete’s Village for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is set to begin this month. The 21 buildings providing accommodation for athletes are scheduled to be completed by December 2019.

The surrounding area has no shortage of new apartment supply in the next 10 years, with several large-scale projects in the pipeline.

Nearby residential developments include:

  • Deux Tours Canal & Spa: 1,450 apartments; completed in 2016.
  • The Parkhouse Harumi Towers Krono Residence: 883 apartments; completed in 2013.
  • The Parkhouse Harumi Towers Tiaro Residence: 861 apartments; completed in 2016.
  • Park Tower Harumi: 1,084 apartments; completion in 2017 (tentative).
  • Kachidoki The Tower: 1,420 apartments; completion in 2017.
  • Kachidoki East District Development: 3,120 apartments; completion in 2027.
  • The Tokyo Towers: 2,794 apartments; completed in 2008.

Sources:
The Sankei Shimbun, March 31, 2016.
NHK, March 31, 2016.

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