The disputed Renakse Hotel across from the Royal Palace is facing demolition and according to claims by the ruling CPP, the building is "too dangerous" to live in
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- Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 03:03:27 -0800 (PST)
Renakse Hotel faces demolition: manager
Written by May Titthara
Thursday, 04 December 2008
THE disputed Renakse Hotel across from the Royal Palace is facing
demolition, according to its manager, who claims the ruling Cambodian
People's Party has declared the building "too dangerous" to live in
and has ordered it be razed.
Manager Kem Chanta said Wednesday that she has received a letter from
CPP lawyer Khiev Sepphan informing her that the 100-year-old hotel was
unsafe and that he has requested that it be examined by the Ministry
of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction.
"When they act like this, it means they want to tear the building down
because they could not break the contract," she told the Post
The CPP announced in September that it would break its 49-year lease
with Kem Chantha.
Kem Chantha was informed that the new owners, Alexan Inc, would take
possession at the end of that month and develop the property as
housing for government officials, but the manager has refused to leave
Khiev Sepphan's letter states that unless Kem Chantha can prove the
building is safe, the CPP will reclaim it to "find a solution to
rebuild, to avoid danger for the people who stay in the hotel".
But Kem Chantha remained defiant. "If they want to play tricks and
construct a new building they should take a look at the contract
because it says we can't tear the building down, only repair it," she
Te Bou, chief of Daun Penh district's Cadastral Department, said that
as of Wednesday, he had not received any letter from Khiev Sepphan's
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