The Mall was built illegally, deems court
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.