High-rise project in Section 16 cause for concern

Residents in Section 16 are concerned about the proposed high-rise development in the area.

Residents in Section 16 are concerned about the proposed high-rise development in the area.

RESIDENTS and stakeholders in Section 16, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, are concerned over a proposed development in their neighbourhood, comprising four blocks of service apartments and small office virtual office (SOVO).

The notice displayed by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) at the site next to Phileo Damansara 2 states the proposed development will consist of a 40-storey service condominium with 503 units, 36-storey SOVO with 608 units, 34-storey serviced apartments with 404 units and 24-storey SOVO with 112 units as well as affordable serviced apartments with 220 units, and commercial and car park complex and residents’ facilities.

One resident said there was a smaller scaled development proposed for the site two years ago but it was cancelled.

This month, they noticed the proposal for the new development on the 1.91ha land in Jalan 16/11.

The residents want MBPJ to ensure that the development proposal adhered to government rules and regulations.

“The Town and Country Planning Act should be looked into for this matter.

“A geo-technical report, among other things, should provide a description of the land including its physical environment, topography, landscape, geology, contours, drainage, water bodies and catchments and natural features as well as specific engineering recommendations for design.

“There should be a discussion on solutions on how to protect the people’s homes in the neighbourhood, too,” said the resident.

He said the traffic and social impact study should also be done.

“We want the city council to conduct its due diligence and protect residents’ rights.

“They have their experts and they must check all this information,” he added.

The resident cited a previous development that took place in the 1990s at the same site which resulted in nearby homes being damaged.

“Some houses had to be completely rebuilt because they collapsed during the construction work.

“We do not object to a proposal to develop the area that will be similar to the density of Phileo Damansara, but not tall, huge buildings looking into our houses,” said the senior resident who has lived in Section 16 since the 1960s.

The existing traffic congestion in the neighbourhood during rush hour along Jalan 16/1 is another big concern and they want this addressed.

Trinity Group, the property developer of the project, via its chief operating officer OS Chung said: “We are continuously striving to not only bring development, but to add value to our customers and the existing community.

“We have a track record of building sustainable developments, working hand in hand with communities to improve their infrastructure and increase connectivity,” he said.

Chung added that they would work closely with the city council to comply with the necessary requirements that includes traffic impact assessment studies, contour plan and land title survey sheet that is consistent with the actual site.

“Some of these documents have been submitted and pending verification by the authorities,” he said.

Chung said the main access to the site was via two dedicated ingress and egress elevated ramps.

“These ramps are connected directly to the Sprint highway and not Jalan 16/1 (Jalan Dato Abu Bakar) and Jalan 16/11, so it will not adversely affect the traffic flow of these two roads.

“However, we have proposed several road widening works that will alleviate existing traffic conditions,” he said.

Central Region