THE City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) was able to issue the initial notices of violation to 10 building owners around the central business district area mandating them to restore the parking spaces in their buildings that were reportedly converted to commercial spaces.
CBAO architect Arsenio Glen Martin Rillera informed members of the City Council that the building owners were given time to bring back the parking spaces in their structures that were converted into commercial spaces.
CBAO will recommend for a total closure of the buildings if its owners fail to comply with the notices of violation.
Among the establishments that were issued notices of violation include Abanao Square, John Co building, Ang building along Session road, Sky World condominium, AYK building, Oterk commercial center, Tiong San, Balisong Calde building, Palangdao building and Jollibee Harrison.
Earlier, Mayor Mauricio Domogan gave the building owners several months to bring back the parking spaces in their structures to help address the worsening traffic congestions aggravated by the absence of parking spaces in the central business district area.
Under the National Building code, building owners must provide a parking slot for every 100 square meters of the structure to serve as parking areas for their patrons and customers.
Rillera said some of the building owners who were issued notices of violation requested the CBAO for more time for them to comply with the directives.
After the inspection of structures in the central business district, Rillera said CBAO personnel will be going around the city to inspect other commercial buildings. (Dexter A. See)