Puerto Azul residential, not a mall. That was the phrase that yesterday tens of residents put on banners and shouted in unison, as a sign of protest to the construction of the Costa Pacifica shopping center; that despite not yet being built, it generates discomfort because it will affect the environment.
“We have met and will continue to do so until the Municipality of Guayaquil does not allow the lifting. Puerto Azul is residential, we do not want more traffic,more insecurity, more chaos, “said Gustavo Delgado, chairman of the urbanization committee, saying that 89.9% of the total number of in habitants who live there reject the work that, he warns, It has begun to take shape (thelandfill has already been completed), even though the Cabildo has placed a closing seal that prevents it.
“Last week the mayor ordered the stoppage, but still the works were restarted the day before yesterday and then a new closure came … They are not currently working. But until when will they not? We cannot be like this, the situation must be defined. We demand some respect. We do not want noise, “added Juan Jara, also a resident, who believes that with the ‘mall’ there will not only be more traffic congestion, but also environmental and light pollution, as well asunheal thiness and insecurity.
“We have invested so much in security and we have worked so hard to protecto urselves that we do not want everything to go bad. It would not be fair. We reject it. It’s not what we want, “they agree.
And itis taking into account that now the Municipality of Guayaquil has decided that the construction will have a green light, only if the majority of residents want it.
“The possibility of building a shopping center is legal; but the fact that it is legally possible does not merit a permit. Our position is to pronounce the owners of the properties in a majority and orderly manner. If the community wants it done, it will be done. If not, no, “said Mayor Jaime Nebot to EXPRESO.
In this regard, the director of Urban Planning, Appraisals and Land Management,José Miguel Rubio, explained yesterday afternoon to this newspaper that willgather residents with the employer who promotes the work to mediate and respondto concerns. The meeting will be next Tuesday.
Rubio clarified that no permit has yet been issued, and that there is nothing illegal in giving the green light to the construction of the work. However, faced with the concerns of the residents, the presiding address makes it clear that it will not allow them to lie down, for example, the trees that are inside the 14,113 square meter lot, located behind the current shopping center that has The urbanization; and that is also one of your concerns.
“In addition, explains Rubio, the mall must have its own treatment plant, make its way to the coast, and not by Puerto Azul. And also will not allow discotheques or shows to be performed in it and it will be required that the plaza has its own parking space, since it will be forbidden to park outside the place. “They have to trust the municipality, that’s why we will hold the meeting,” he said.
Consulted by this newspaper, José Solines, legal representative of the developer Solines Soluciones Inmobiliarias, in charge of the work, has said that he will participate in the meeting and that he agrees to comply with such requirements.
“We will have a treatment plant, parking, we will adapt the trees to the work … And also the entrance will be external, by way of the coast, because we do not want to harm anyone’s safety. In fact, the mall will have security cameras and eagle eyes, “he explains.
On the sealed seals, Solines thinks that an error has been made: there is a kind of confusion. “I have not raised a pillar, nor have I started any kind of construction. I only cleaned the ground, I leveled it. And for that, according to the laws, you do not need permission. Then they did not come to be placed …” (I)