Penang Gerakan Questions State Govt’s Stance On Housing Density



GEORGE TOWN, Jan 17 – Penang Gerakan has questioned the state government to explain a ‘special treatment’ allegedly given to a developer to exceed the housing density per hectare in Bandar Tanjung Pinang as it has remained unclear for the last 10-years.

Its vice chairman Lee Boon Ten said the current maximum housing density per acre was raised from the previous 15-30 homes per acre to 87 homes per acre. However, he claimed the luxury seafront serviced apartment project, dubbed the ‘City of Dreams’, has up to 155 homes per acre on the 1.48 hectares of land.

“The real situation of the maximum densities seemed to be a mystery in Penang now as different density was and is still being applied to different housing projects depending on the wimps and the fancies of the DAP led Penang Government. For this project, for instance, it has exceeded the limit. The state government must explain how can such approval be given and how will Penangites benefit from this luxury project,” he told reporters today.

The ‘City of Dreams’ project in Bandar Tanjung Pinang, Tanjong Tokong Penang, is a purported luxury seafront service apartment project which actually comprises of two 38-storey towers with 572 units. The build up range from 1,097 square feet to 2,350 square feet and sold at RM1,500 per square feet. — PN

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