Up in arms over plans to restore abandoned building

Taman Setia residents are against the restoration of the abandoned six-storey apartment building in Jalan Dato Amar in Klang.

PLANS to restore an abandoned six-storey building with 44 apartment units in Jalan Dato Amar is getting a lot of attention from people in Taman Setia, Klang.

This has sparked a debate over whether the project should go ahead.

Jalan Dato Amar pro-tem committee comprising houseowners living across the abandoned project as well as residents in the area are against the restoration project.

A majority of residents are appealing to Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to hold a public hearing so they can air their views on the issue.

Abandoned since 2001, the building has become home to vagrants.

There were several attempts to restore it but nothing took root.

However, three weeks ago, residents noticed hoardings and a notice board erected outside the building, indicating that a company had been identified to restore the apartments.

Committee chairman Saviour Nathan, 60, said most residents in the neighbourhood were against the project because it would bring in additional traffic to the area.

“A majority of Taman Setia residents are against the project.

“There will be at least a minimum of two vehicles per unit once the building is completed. This adds up to 88 vehicles.

“MPK gave its approval without thorough assessment of the building as it does not have a basement or road-level parking.

“Apartment dwellers will end up parking their vehicles on the narrow grass verge along Jalan Dato Amar and this will contribute to traffic congestion. It will be chaotic, ” said Saviour.

He said residents would have to bear the consequence of MPK’s decision in re-establishing the project.

Resident KNC Shahrani said Taman Setia was a low-density neighbourhood with 664 landed properties so a building with 44 units would result in added volume of water to the drainage system.

“Currently, drains fill up in just half-an-hour during a downpour and water spills over, resulting in flash floods.

“The drainage network will be burdened further if the 44 units are occupied and flash flooding will worsen, ” she said.

EB Chong, who called StarMetro to highlight the matter, suggested that the project be scaled down.

“The number of units should be reduced to half.

“One main reason is that the project must not create problems for residents here, ” he said.

An ongoing signature campaign to protest against the restoration of the abandoned building is gaining traction.

Senior citizen, Lee, said it was understandable why residents were concerned about traffic congestion.

“It is better for MPK to hear the people’s views as these are long-time residents of Taman Setia. Having more people move into the area will impact the quality of life, especially those living across the building, ” said Lee.

Taman Setia Residents Association (Tasra) secretary K Jayandra said the association would send a letter to the Jalan Dato Amar pro-tem committee to voice its objections to the project too.

MPK Corporate Communications Department director Norfiza Mahfiz said residents could submit their objections and these would be looked into.

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