PRIVATE developer All-Asia Structures Inc. has put forward an unsolicited proposal to the city that would see the Orchidarium within Burnham Park replaced with a five-storey pay-parking structure.
Under the company’s proposal, the structure would be divided between parking space, stalls for the flower vendors, parking for public transport and office space for certain government services.
In particular, the first floor is slated to be the space for the flower vendors and a souvenir shop, while the second floor will serve as a parking area with some 142 slots specifically for the city’s jeepneys as well as housing an office for the city’s traffic and transportation division.
Meanwhile, the remaining three floors are expected to be sufficient parking space for some 656 vehicles in total.
The proposal by All-Asia is one of several proposals from private developers as part of the city’s open invitation for proponents to submit unsolicited proposals for pay parking facilities at the current Ganza pay-parking area, the old city auditorium, and the Orchidarium.
The proposals are currently being reviewed by the city’s Public-Private Partnership – Selection Committee (P4-SC).
Meanwhile, City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña is asking the private developer to provide a traffic impact assessment alongside the proposal to properly assist the city in evaluating the options offered.