2 acre plot: possibly the next USPCA Haven
I don't want to sound too excited, but this is the closest we've come to possibly purchasing a plot of land. As of yesterday, the title search was on and we're waiting for results. First the good news:
For those of you know Kampala/Entebbe area, the plot is readily accessible and located very close to a bridge over the expressway to Entebbe. It is accessed on all tarmac roads from Kampala through Kajjansi, except the last 200 meters are a very good murram road straight to the plot. It is 6.0 km from the expressway junction interchange circle on Entebbe road at Kajjansi
The plot is two acres, just the size we were hoping to find. It's not zoned residential, so no homes will be built next door. There are only a few large residential properties in the area and none within 100 meters of the plot.
Electricity supply is within 80 meters of the plot. City water supply is within 100 meters.
There's an area designated as permanent open space on one side. There are plenty of tracks and paths for dog walking.
There are precious few opportunities to find a piece of land within a reasonable distance from Kampala city center that fits USPCA requirements. Besides readily accessible to Kampala, the land also must be reasonably easy to find and be accessible for visitors in small cars. We have to make sure nearby residents won't object to the noise and smell. Of course, the price must be within our range.
The general asking price for land in the surrounding area, normally for much smaller plots, is about 300 million Uganda shillings per acre, rising up to about 500 million /= an acre for plots perceived to be in prime locations generally in elevated areas with a view. This plot is at the bottom of a shallow valley near- and in fact under the expressway. The location completely suits us, but thankfully not all potential buyers.
Because of this, the asking price is a little lower than current market prices. The owner wants to conclude a quick sale as it the last piece remaining from his larger land alottment. It is only available at this time because someone has recently pulled out. We don't expect it to remain on the market for long.
Now the not so good news: The price is US$140,000 plus about US$13,000 for tax and legal costs. We have raised about 50% of this amount. As you know, for more than the past five years, we have been looking for a piece of land of approximately 2 acres to re-home the USPCA. One of the people who has been very involved in the search said this about the 2 acre plot: " After viewing quite a number of plots over the years I have finally located a very viable piece of land." And after describing the site, he said, " There is never a right time, but the real time is now."
We believe he's correct and we are hoping we can work something out. Formal loans from banks in Uganda have very bad interest rates for the borrower, that is just not an option. But having put our innovative brains to work, we are thinking of loans from friends--with very good terms for the borrowers. We feel that is the only option for raising at least US$60,000 and as much as US$70,000, the amount we'd need to close the deal in the short time we have to commit and pay. (The owner wants cash now).
I know all of you are committed to seeing the USPCA grow and better manage the influx of cats and dogs and be a welcoming place for staff, volunteers, for training, and for adopters. I will keep you updated as I learn more. Feel free to get in touch with me if you want to know more before you hear from me next.
Could this be the next USPCA Haven?