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Pattaya City council pushes for action against abandoned Waterfront condo project

Tanutam Thawan

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The Pattaya City Council is pushing for action, any action, against the abandoned 53 story Waterfront Suites and Residence luxury condo after it has been left as an eyesore for many years overlooking the Bali Hai Pier. The Waterfront Suites and Residence is a half-finished condo project that was stalled in 2014 after safety inspectors discovered that the building’s fire escapes and elevator systems designs varied from the already approved construction designs.

Thai Engineering, however, allegedly ignored the stop-work order and continued, but the company says it was not informed from the developers to stop. The project was originally launched and proposed back in 2004.

In July, 2014, Pattaya city officials halted construction of the condo and hotel project following an internet firestorm after photos showing the tower obstructing a “classic” Pattaya viewpoint. The majority of comments were negative, claiming the project ruined the viewpoint hill and the area around Bali Hai pier and was an “eyesore”. The mayor at the time, Itthiphol Kuneplome spoke up for the project and said that it had continually followed correct and fully transparent legal processes.

Then the condo’s Israeli-owned Bali Hai Company, due to complaints about the condo’s obstruction of the natural landscape and land permit issues, filed a petition with the Central Bankruptcy Court in Bangkok for debt restructuring which subsequently failed as the company went bankrupt.

The Pattaya Court has ordered for the condo to be legitimately demolished but due to legal proceedings against the company dragging along, the condo continues to sit abandoned. Furthermore, Pattaya City authorities were rejected by the departments that would carry out the demolition citing that the authorities were not specialised in estimating the cost of such a demolition. Now the authorities are still trying to get estimates from 11 different companies to outsource the demolition which is contributing to the delay.

But the Pattaya City Council chairman says that law firms should take control and use photographs and other documents before collecting the evidence to speed up the process. Regardless, the demolition of the condo is in limbo as pending lawsuits are preventing it from moving forward.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 12:47 am

    Well it has been standing for years, and appears safe.
    Put the homeless in it.

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      Peter Harris

      Monday, September 28, 2020 at 8:43 am

      Dumb comment Toby. Just because it “appears” safe, certainly doesn’t mean it is safe for human habitation.
      It’s very condescending just to suggest the homeless take up residence in the abandoned building

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Well they are in abandoned buildings all over Pattaya.
    If there was no security on this tower they would be in like a shot.
    It is only the fire escapes and elevator systems that were declared not as agreed by the safety inspectors. And I’m betting they did because they wanted paying to pass these aspects.
    So put in fire escapes. Forget the elevators. The building is structurally sound.
    Building was stopped because it spoiled the view and had land permit issues. Petty objections
    Probably because some Thais wanted paying to pass the project. The owners would not pay.
    This building stands as a warning to any foreigners not to invest in Thailand.

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    Ray W.

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Tear the ugly thing down; its become an unofficial symbol of corruption and incompetence. It’s well past time to knock it down and use that space for something less visually intrusive and more useful.

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    Pieter Wilhelm

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    “The ugly thing” will be there long after you and me kicked the bucket

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    Jeff

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Drop it with TNT or plastic charges, then clean it up.

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