Mayor: plan to de­velop city au­di­to­rium is the one fi­nal, not any spe­cific pro­posal

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ONLY the plan to de­velop the old city au­di­to­rium at Burn­ham Park and not any spe­cific pro­posal in­clud­ing the un­so­licited mallinclu­sive blueprint sub­mit­ted by a pri­vate com­pany re­cently is fi­nal.

Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan clar­i­fied this last week amid a bar­rage of crit­i­cisms from the Burn­ham Park project op­pos­i­tors who ap­par­ently mis­in­ter­preted a news­pa­per head­line quot­ing the mayor as say­ing that the au­di­to­rium plan was fi­nal.

“We un­der­stand all the com­ments, crit­i­cisms and ob­jec­tions on the so­cial me­dia and ev­ery­where based on the ti­tle of (the ar­ti­cle)… but noth­ing in the ar­ti­cle points to the ap­proval of a spe­cific plan or a mall in the area. I was re­fer­ring to the Uni­ver­sity of the Cordilleras pro­posed mas­ter de­vel­op­ment plan of Burn­ham Park as the one that is fi­nal as it needs to be de­vel­oped as a multi-level park­ing area with a mul­tipur­pose floor for sem­i­nars and ex­hibits with a restau­rant and sou­venir shops,” the mayor said.

“Un­so­licited pro­pos­als were re­ceived in the past and it in­cludes a mall and ho­tel. Those are just pro­pos­als and noth­ing is fi­nal,” he said.

He as­sured that the City will fol­low the pre­scribed pro­cesses in ap­prov­ing the spe­cific plan which in­clude the con­duct of ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions with the pub­lic as what the City Coun­cil has been do­ing now.

The City Coun­cil last Wed­nes­day con­ducted a sec­ond con­sul­ta­tion with the pub­lic where other un­so­licited pro­pos­als were pre­sented in ad­di­tion to the un­so­licited pro­posal of mall de­vel­oper XRC which was pre­sented dur­ing the first hear­ing held last March.

Councilor Edgar Avila, chair of the com­mit­tee on ur­ban plan-

lands and hous­ing and co-au­thor of the pro­posed or­di­nance au­tho­riz­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the mas­ter de­vel­op­ment plan for Burn­ham Park par­tic­u­larly the site of the for­mer city au­di­to­rium and the new li­brary grounds and parks man­age­ment said an­other con­sul­ta­tion will be con­ducted on May 22.

The mayor said the city au­di­to­rium and the Ganza park­ing lot are the only two ar­eas pin­pointed for de­vel­op­ment within the park.

He said Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der No. 224 is­sued by for­mer Pres­i­dent Fidel V. Ramos in Fe­bru­ary 1995 as amended by Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der No. 695 is­sued by for­mer Pres­i­dent and now Pam­panga Rep. Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo some­time in 2009 al­lows the in­tro­duc­tion of de­vel­op­ment projects within the iden­ti­fied de­vel­opable ar­eas within the 34-hectare Burn­ham Park com­plex to make the gov­ern­ment prop­erty a self-sus­tain­ing park.

“We agree that park­ing is the best de­vel­op­ment op­tion in the area be­cause it has been serv­ing that pur­pose for years now and no­body has ob­jected to the present set-up. Our in­ten­tion is only to max­i­mize its use as a park­ing fa­cil­ity by mak­ing it multi-level and ac­com­mo­date more ve­hi­cles and be­ing a prime lot, max­i­mize it fur­ther by al­low­ing other uses and it hap­pened that a mall was one of the pro­posed uses pre­sented in one of the un­so­licited pro­pos­als,” the mayor said. Aileen Re­fuerzo

Photo by Milo Brioso

FOOT SER­VICE. A bare­footed old man shoe shines at a bus ter­mi­nal along Gover­nor Pack road earn­ing P50-P100 daily.

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