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Jun 19, 2020

Construction of Controversial PG Service Station is Halted

In the south, a stop order has brought to a screeching halt the construction of a service station at the entrance of Punta Gorda Town that is the subject of public concern.  The private sale of prime real estate from one Asian businessman to another raised eyebrows among residents who, for many years, believed that the empty property upon which the landmark Dollar Coin was erected belonged to the Punta Gorda Town Council.  A number of business owners and residents in the vicinity were up in arms, particularly since the new landowner had been granted all the necessary clearances to proceed with the development.  But tonight, all works have been put on temporary hold because the structure is not being built according to the approved design.  While it may come as a small victory for opponents of the project, it will cost the developer extra money to have the work dismantled.  According to the Technical Manager of the P.G. Building Unit, the stop order was brought into force when it was discovered that the new construction was in breach of existing regulations.

 

Seremei Cayetano, Technical Manager, PG Building Unit

Seremei Cayetano

“The service station located at Parcel 880, Block 42 in Punta Gorda Town was found to be in breach of regulation with respect to new construction.  That is the sole reason for the stop order that was issued. If you look at the proposed site plan, that is the one of the first page, you will see that there is a proposed store there with parking and you can see the dimensions of that store and you can further see in relation to the Southern Highway, as well as Alejandro Vernon Street, the orientation of that store.  Furthermore, you will see the rest of the development and only a small portion next to Alejandro Vernon Street is for future expansion.  That said, future expansion will have to come to Punta Gorda Town Council, the building unit, for its no-objection.  Now if it is you look at figure two, that says the current construction, as well as figure three, you will realize that first of all that building that is going up there is not supposed to be there.  Number one, it is obviously not the correct orientation for the building that is supposed to be erected in that area and furthermore, that building is non-standard.  The no-objection from the Punta Gorda Town Council was not given for that building.  Ergo, at this point it does not matter what the intention is, the brass tax is, construction is occurring on a property that was not visited by the inspector of the Building Unit.  And because they did not visit, they did not view the setting out by anybody that has done a plan before will know that in order for you to do your construction, even a regular house or anything of the sort, you must get the inspector to come out, you will get a setting out permit.”


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