Dominican capital’s high rise constructions unveil lawlessness, corruption - The construction of high rises in the Dominican capital continue sparking conflicts in normally quite and exclusive sectors, when lack of law enforcement and corruption join to cause anxiety in their residents.

The inhabitants of one such sector Renacimiento (Renaissance), where a nine-level condo is being built, say they are concerned and affirm that the zoning is only for single-family houses, and that the National District City Council (ADN) hasn’t approved the structure ‘Leonardo IV’.

The sector’s Neighbor Board, located next to the also exclusive Mirador Sur, says the project’s owner Leonel Simó is a government official who uses the post to go ahead with the construction.

They said they’ve visited the ADN to get the work halted, but has been impossible so far as workers toil around the clock to build the structure. They add that during the 35 years since sector was founded they’ve never seen that type of construction, and warn that they won’t allow it.

Meanwhile the alleged official Leonel Simó told news source that the Public Works Ministry approved his project and that he also has the City Council’s Urban Planning resolution 356-07.

In that regard ADN president Winni Terrero, after meeting with the residents, pledged to investigate and affirmed that the work had to first be approved by his Department, before the start of construction.

Renacimiento, one of the National District’s quietest zone is very similar to the adjacent Los Cacicazgos, where yet another conflict pits its residents against the builders of the 31 floor Torre Plata, an investment linked to the hotel Dominican Fiesta, with nine stories built so far, also without a license.

Go back | Date: 06 Oct 2009
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