Friday, April 27, 2012

MPSJ seeks explanation for hotel's sale of suites

SUBANG JAYA: Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will seek an explanation from Grand Dorsett Subang Hotel next week on its deviation from the development plans submitted to and approved by the council.

Council president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi said planning approval was granted in 2010 for the hotel to build a block of 1,986 hotel suites in Jalan SS12.

"However, recently, there was an advertisement offering the hotel suites for sale.

"We will have to check whether Grand Dorsett has broken the guideline on which our approval was based and granted, and review it during the meeting with the hotel management," he said after the council's full board meeting.

According to its website, the development, called Dorsett Place Waterfront Hotel Suites, is developed by Mayland Valiant Sdn Bhd, which also owns Grand Dorsett Subang Hotel.

During the full board meeting several councillors said the hotel suites as residences would exacerbate such problems as traffic congestion and inadequate parking space. 

Conditional in the planning approval is the provision of one parking lot for every three hotel suites.

However, should the suites serve as residences, two parking spaces would be required for each unit.

The only access road to the development is Jalan SS12/1, which serves Sime Darby Medical Centre, Holiday Villa Hotel and several residential areas.

Asmawi said there was an alignment for an alternative access road on Subang Ria Park.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, however, said the Subang Ria Park cannot be touched as it was marked as recreational land.

"More than 1,900 hotel suites are not viable in a cul-de-sac," she said. 

Mayland Valiant, in a statement, said: "We have obtained the development order and all approvals for Dorsett Place Waterfront Hotel Suites from the local authority and the ministry. 

"Our car park provision is in compliance with the local authority's requirement. Once the local authority is ready to proceed with the additional access road, we will contribute according to the proportion of its construction costs.


Anonymous said...

hi, i'm staying nearby and i cannot imagine the traffic congestion if these block units are for residential. I sincerely hope its used as hotel alone and not othewise.
It's not reasonable at all from Dorsett to convert it for their own gains without considering the residents nearby. We have faced so much congestion and there is no room to widen or build a flyover to wangsa baiduri residents.

Waverly Charlotte said...

Hi Hannah, I was once a Wangsa Baiduri resident myself and even though I've since moved out, to hear that Dorsett is thinking of using Subang Ria Park to develop their hotel suites or even to build an alternative road there is preposterous.

What I don't understand is, why can't Dorsett (or MPSJ) seek the nearby residents' opinion on the project before the application was submitted/approved?