Burn­ham pedes­tri­an­iza­tion pushed

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

LO­CAL ar­chi­tect Raffy Chan has pro­posed to pedes­tri­an­ize Burn­ham Park.

Chan, who leads R.G Chan and As­so­ci­ates sub­mit­ted a P740 mil­lion five storey build­ing plan at the old au­di­to­rium as an an­swer to lessen pol­lu­tion and de­con­gest the city’s traf­fic.

Chan’s pro­posal dubbed as the “Green Park Project” boasts of a rain­wa­ter har­vest fa­cil­ity, so­lar pan­els, green roofs, a Ma­te­ri­als Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity, BERDE ac­cred­i­ta­tion, park­ing for 890 cars and a 6,000 square me­ter space avail­able for com­mer­cial use.

“I am a Baguio boy and I felt a need for me to come for­ward,” Chan said say­ing the pro­posal is based in

what is cur­rently needed by the city, see­ing first hand its ob­sta­cles.

Chan pro­posed three sce­nar­ios at Bun­ham Park if and when his pro­posal is cho­sen: a par­tial clo­sure of the park to traf­fic, a full clo­sure of the park to traf­fic or main­tain the sta­tus quo the city is adapt­ing to­day.

Chan said there are now over 600 cars parked at Burn­ham and the park­ing fa­cil­ity will rid the park of ve­hi­cles mak­ing it a green zone, al­low­ing pol­lu­tion to lessen and peo­ple to walk.

Dur­ing the sec­ond pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion for the Burn­ham Park park­ing struc­ture, Chan coun­tered the 800 mil­lion pro­posal of Alexan­der Cruz, Chair­man of XRC Mall De­vel­oper In­cor­po­rated for a multi-level park­ing that can ac­com­mo­date 500 cars and 15 tourist buses, com­mer­cial mall with a pasalubong cen­ter and at least a 100 room ho­tel.

Coun­cilor Edgar Avila, com­mit­tee chair for ur­ban plan­ning, lands and hous­ing con­vened talks with the com­mit­tee on pub­lic works headed by coun­cilor Mylen Yara­non and the com­mit­tee on traf­fic and trans­port leg­is­la­tion led by coun­cilor Benny Bo­mo­gao on the multi-level park­ing fa­cil­ity at Burn­ham Park, specif­i­cally at the old au­di­to­rium grounds.

The con­sul­ta­tions will dis­cuss a park­ing fa­cil­ity and its de­sign at the space of the old au­di­to­rium only in ac­cor­dance to the Univer­sity of the Cordilleras 2010 Burn­ham Mas­ter De­vel­op­ment plan which was do­nated to the city.

Photo by Milo Brioso

DE­FY­ING THE OR­DER. De­spite the or­der from Mayor Mauricio Do­mo­gan, car­ni­val op­er­a­tors in Burn­ham Park con­tinue.

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