Clash looms as residents oppose Hard Rock ‘Mega Casino’
Santo Domingo.- The Neighborhood boards of several upscale sectors on Thursday said they’re opposed to the construction of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Lincoln Av. with Aybar St. in the capital.
The representatives from Piantini, Yolanda Morales, Paraiso, Naco and Esteva West-Serralles say the promoters seek to justify the project by affirming that it doesn’t harm the environment, “as if the environmental impact refers only to the particular aspects of solid and liquid waste and other similar aspect.”
They invite residents of the central sector to the public hearing over the project, set for 3pm at Hotel Barcelo (formerly Lina).
They demand that Hard Rock’s environmental assessment includes the impact on people’s lives, and its environmental sustainability that isn’t just the physical, but also human and social. “No activity or project is environmentally sustainable if it has a negative impact in the lives of people, on their surroundings and introduces significant changes in their habitat.”
In a stamen the residents note that despite the project’s “groundbreaking ” staged last February, Hard Rock has only preliminary permits thus far, which in their view doesn’t does authorize start of construction.
“It’s because of this, as part of the assessment process for the Environmental License, that Environment (Ministry) has required this public hearing of the developers, which will again give the community the opportunity to express their objections.”
Under current zoning law only 23 floors are allowed in the area where the promoters plan the 38-story building “Mega Casino,” that will feature thousands of slot machines.
July 15, 2016
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