The Central Archaeological Council of Greece (KAS) has decided to investigate complaints on whether construction plans for two hotels south of the Acropolis hill violate height rules and obstruct views of the monument.
After a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the members of the archaeological council said that teams will be sent next Monday to examine the building sites in question.
One site is located at the corner of Misaraliotou and Tsami Karatasi streets in the Koukaki neighborhood. The second building at the center of the controversy is at the corner of the Syggrou Avenue side road and Falirou Street in the Makrygianni area.
The Council was acting on press reports and complaints lodged by local residents against the construction of the two hotels, which are planned to have nine and ten stories, respectively.
According to an announcement issued earlier this week by the Greek Culture ministry, its officials intend to work together with the Environment and Energy ministry to launch joint initiatives to protect Athens’ cultural identity. The Environment and Energy ministry will be responsible for issuing building permits.
According to residents who lodged the complaints, the erection of the 31.7-meter (104 feet) high building will create a “wall” of 10-story buildings around the Acropolis in the Makrygianni neighborhood.
Regarding the second building in Koukaki, which is designed to be 37 metres (121 feet) in height, the complaint states that the building plans had not even been submitted for approval to the Athens Antiquities Ephorate.
However, according Central Archaeological Council President Maria Andreadakis-Vlazaki, the two buildings were outside the controlled height zone for the Acropolis. This was most likely the reason why no action was taken at an earlier stage of the buildings’ construction.
With information from A.M.N.A.