KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has clarified that the land in Federal Hill is currently being cleared for the construction of police quarters.
DBKL Planning deputy director-general Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah said Lot 55 was institutional land, and only public amenities can be built there.
“The project under the Home Ministry comprises the construction of a nine-storey block of police quarters, a three-storey police station, a store room and other facilities.
“It is an extension of the current Travers police station in Jalan Travers and does not contravene any policies,’’ Mahadi said.
Policy CF3 of the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 prohibits the use of institutional land for any purpose other than government or public use.
Federal Hill resident Pook Li Yoon said: “I am happy and relieved to hear this as we were afraid it was going to be a huge commercial project.
“However, any building should follow the Total Planning Guidelines to ensure the height of the buildings follow the contour of the hill.
“With such a development, it becomes even more imperative to ensure pedestrian connectivity on this side of Jalan Bangsar/Travers linking the Bangsar LRT to KL Sentral, Lake Gardens, the National Museum and the new MRT station.”
Tan Lye King echoed Pook’s sentiments but wanted more details.
“We are happy that it is not a commercial project.
However, we would appreciate it if the authorities, be it DBKL or the police, could sit down with us and tell us what is going to happen.
“Nine storeys is quite high, and if I am not mistaken, when we first bought our property, we were told that there was a height restriction for any future development,’’ Tan said.
StarMetro reported yesterday that residents in Federal Hill were worried after seeing an excavator clearing the green lung behind their houses.
In 2008, they had opposed a commercial development on the same spot at Bukit Travers.
The land is located beside the Jalan Travers police station and opposite KL Sentral.
The initial proposal was to change the land usage of Lot 55 from institutional to commercial.
Developer Primamuda Holdings had proposed to build two 30-storey towers and one 16-storey tower on top of a common five-storey podium block in return for building the new three-storey Jalan Travers police station and a nine-storey police quarters.
This project was contrary to the low-density and non-commercial Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 and it was cancelled following protests.