300 households oppose conversion of carpark in PJ

RESIDENTS of Taman Mayang in SS25, Petaling Jaya, have objected to the conversion of a multi-level carpark in Jalan SS25/24 into a warehouse as it would aggravate traffic congestion.

SS25 Taman Mayang Rukun Tetangga (RT) chairman Chan Chow Wang said about 300 households have expressed their disappointment that the owner of the carpark had been allowed to misuse the building as a warehouse.

“The residents are irked that Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had allowed this to happen,” he said.

Chan recently handed a memorandum and a petition on the issue to MBPJ.

He said the signature campaign would continue until it had the support of all 500 households in the neighbourhood.

“Under the Uniform Building Local Council By-Laws, the developer was required to provide sufficient parking bays for the 14 shop-offices approved under the Development Order (DO). The conversion to a warehouse is against the original DO approval and action must be taken to revert it to the use it was meant for,” he said.

On Oct 16 and Dec 22, last year, StarMetro had highlighted the issue and it was reported that the closure of the multi-level carpark had aggravated the parking shortage in and around the SS25 commercial area.

SS25/24 RT assistant treasurer B.H. Quah said the multi-level carpark was much needed and its closure had exacerbated the situation.

“There is an obvious shortage of carpark bays along Jalan SS25/22, SS25/35 and SS25/24. MBPJ must be decisive and issue an order to the owner to revert to the original use of the building,” Quah said.

On Oct 16 last year, MBPJ Urban Planning Development director Sharifah Marhaini Syed Ali had said based on complaints, the council’s site supervisors had carried out an investigation and found that the building had been misused as a warehouse.

She added that under Section 70 (12) of the Road Drainage Act 1974 (Act 133), the operator had been told to cease all activities and would be given time to remove all the goods.

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