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Hotel expansion request for Playa Maroma project denied

Solidaridad, Q.R. — The application for a real estate project in north Playa del Carmen has been denied by government officials who say the environmental impact statement submitted with the request was not sufficient.

The application to expand the Playa Maroma Property Project was denied building permission by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) who say that the Environmental Impact Manifestation did not have the needed information to carry out construction.

An extract of their decision says “…the project will be developed in the Environmental Management Unit called the Punta Brava-Xcalacoco Tourist Corridor which has a conservation policy (…)

“Authorization will only be granted when the applicant agrees with the municipality to cover, at its expense, all the necessary expenses to eliminate or minimize the negative effects that may be caused by the construction and operation of the property detected in the study and opinion cited.”

The application was for the expansion of a project that would have added an additional 200 hotel rooms along with pools, a tennis court and a parking lot to an existing project that currently offers 423 rooms.

The Playa Maroma Property Project would have been built across approximately six hectares of forest with an investment of $29 million USD.

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