The Mall was built il­le­gally, deems court

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The Mall, a shop­ping center in the north­ern Athens sub­urb of Maroussi, was built il­le­gally, the Coun­cil of State ruled yes­ter­day.

A ple­nary of judges at Greece’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court de­cided that a law passed in 2003 to al­low the speed­ing up of con­struc­tion work around the Olympic Sta­dium amid a fran­tic bid to pre­pare the site for the 2004 Games had been le­gal but that it had been un­con­sti­tu­tional for this leg­is­la­tion to be used to con­struct the nearby mall.

The leg­is­la­tion passed in the buildup to the Olympics dou­bled the sur­face area that the shop­ping center could cover in nor­mal cir­cum­stances. The judges found that this con­tra­vened Ar­ti­cle 24 of the Greek Con­sti­tu­tion, which deals with the con­di­tions un­der which con­struc­tion can take place and the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment.

Maroussi res­i­dent groups had filed two ap­peals against The Mall.

Once the court pub­lishes its de­ci­sion, the own­ers of the build­ing, which cov­ers 58,500 square me­ters and has 90,000 square me­ters of un­der­ground park­ing, will have to pay a large fine to pro­tect it from de­mo­li­tion. The size of the fine is not known yet.

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