Please prevent the construction of parking structures at Melvin Jones grandstand, Burnham Park, a declared national historical site
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The undersigned seek your help in preventing the construction of two multi-storey parking structures on Melvin Jones football grounds, Burnham Park. Mayor Mauricio Domogan has commissioned Australian owned companies, Parkwise Philippines Inc. D2 Capital Pty Ltd and CW Developments Inc, to build two parking structures with rentable commercial spaces. The construction, if allowed to go on, will have adverse historical, environmental, and economic impacts to Baguio City.
1. Historical - Melvin Jones is an integral part of Burnham Park, a declared national historical site by NHCP, as illustrated in the original map designed by Daniel H. Burnham in 1909. This open space has been in existence even before the Americans came to Baguio City and will be reduced by a total park land area of 49,385.60 sq.m. in order to accommodate two structures housing 3,000 parking slots and a ground level to serve as commercial rentable spaces.
2. Environmental - Melvin Jones is an aquifer, a vital water source for a city with dwindling water supply. Heavy construction equipment will adversely affect the aquifer. Melvin Jones is also a carbon sink, a natural environment that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Baguio City’s air pollution was rated by WHO as worst than Manila and Cebu in 2012. The structures will increase air pollution in the area due to increased vehicular activity.
3. Economic - Parkwise Philippines Inc.’s proposal will require Baguio City Council to pass a City Ordinance that will prohibit parking anywhere in the CBD so that Parkwise Carpark will meet its predicted financial returns and will cause added financial burden to the residents and the local transportation industry.
The proposed carpark structures will worsen current traffic congestion in the CBD area, as Parkwise Philippine Inc. encourages more people to bring their vehicles to the CBD and park at their parking structures.
Those of you who have visited Baguio City lately know that it is experiencing urban decay – we need your help to preserve in its natural state the only open area left in the city.
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Monin Navarro needs your help with “Sec. Mar Roxas, DILG; Chair Felipe de Leon, NCCA; Chair Ma. Serena Diokno, NHCP: Please prevent the construction of parking structures at Melvin Jones grandstand, Burnham Park, a declared national historical site”. Join Monin and 4,749 supporters today.