A private luxury villa has been constructed, ironically enough, on public green space in Shanghai’s Pudong district.
The structure occupies 3,800 square meter of land and is suspected to be some sort of fancy private club. The building is an office occupancy of Cred Holding Co., Ltd.
The villa, a modest two story building, is decorated with sculptures and frescoes and includes a giant crystal chandelier in the main hall and a 1.3 meter long bathtub in a room on the second floor. The garage (yup, a garage!), however, is still under construction.
The area was declared a public green space by the Shanghai Expo Area Development Administrative Committee in 2010. Even though Cred Holding Co., Ltd was authorized to build on the land, the structure should not have exceeded 3% of the green space area.
A local resident surnamed Yu says, “The space was very beautiful, almost like a garden, but it wasn’t open to the public.” Around three years ago, he spotted construction workers entering the area and hoped that it was a sign that the space would soon open up to the public. However, Yu was disappointed to discover that high walls were slowly being built instead, surrounding the green space.
According to the Planning & Land Administrative Bureau in Pudong, if the structure is not built according to the plan approved by the government, then it will be considered an illegal construction and can be taken down.
Apart from this villa-to-be in Pudong, 27 illegally built villas were also discovered last August in Shanghai.
By Sharon Choi
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