UHRI files building permit application for P18-B resort-casino project

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GOKONGWEI-LED Universal Hotels and Resorts Inc. (UHRI) has filed its application for a building permit to start the construction of the P18-billion integrated resorts and casino development project on Kawit Island at the South Road Properties. Office of the Building Official (OBO) chief Josefa T. Ylanan said they are now reviewing the application and aim to release their assessment within the required 15-day period, which will fall within the month. “It’s still on process. I will have to endorse the copy of the plans to DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) for their comments since it’s on the national highway,” Ms. Ylanan told The Freeman. The first phase of the project includes the construction of a shopping center, integrated resort facility, convention center, performing arts theater, a theme park, one hotel, parking lot, and casino. The second phase will cover two more hotel buildings on the third and fourth year after the signing of the joint venture agreement with the Cebu City government. Ms. Ylanan said the OBO will check the structural design analysis if it is consistent with the design details on plan, electrical assumptions, yard regulations, among others. The UHRI will have to make the necessary corrections if the OBO engineers find any discrepancy. — The Freeman