Friday, May 17, 2013

The controversy about SM Aura

According to ABS-CBN News, there is a brewing legal battle over road access inside BGC, particularly affecting the newly-opened SM Aura:

Traffic jams greeted consumers checking out SM Aura in Taguig.
It's not just because there are too many cars trying to park but more because its connection to Ayala's Fort Bonifacio through McKinley Parkway is closed.

On one side of the dispute is Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), which is Ayala's partner in Fort Bonifacio.

On the other is the Taguig local government.

BCDA donated 40 hectares of the old military base to Taguig for a civic center, but Taguig leased the property to SM Prime in exchange for building the civic center within SM Aura.
BCDA said the mall shouldn't be there but civic-oriented facilities, unless the donation agreement is amended.

SM tried to pave the road as Aura's opening neared, but BCDA stopped them.

Here is ANC's report:

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