Construction of Palm Exotica that upon completion would be the tallest building in Africa has be thrown into uncertainty after Kenyan environmental watchdog halted the process.
In stopping the plans to actualize the skyscraper, National Environment Management Authority says the project violates several of its clauses.
“Palm Exotica is not in conformity with the existing planning framework for example Zoning plans, physical planning laws and regulations, survey regulations and Coast foreshore reservations and stability,” Nema Acting Director General, Mr Mamo Mamo said.
Based on the above grounds and in light of the provisions of Environmental Management and Coordination Act, Cap 387, the authority is of the view that the proposed project will not enhance sustainable development and sound environmental management,” he added.
Nema now wants investors to either re-design the project to conform with existing planning framework or seek an alternative site.
Palm Exotjca is expected to be a 61 storey building endowed with luxury yet incorporated with green features and designs. Tourists will especially find the mixed use development invaluable according to the investors.
From elegant residential suites to Vibrant Casino to premium commercial space and classy restaurant, the Palm Exotjca would be a top choice for travellers.
Situated from pristine Watamu Beach and the lush Marine National Park the Palm Exotjca will have a luxury hotel with 270 rooms managed and operated by a 5-star operator and international chain.
Designed by Italian architect Lorenzo Pagnini and towering at a height of 370 metres,the Palm Exotjca gives absolutely breathtaking view of vivid ocean colours and the picturesque Watamu panorama.
The project is supported by investors from New York, South Africa and Italian billionaire Franco Rosco.