Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has opposed the construction of the 61-storey building just 100 meters from the Turtle Bay beach in Watamu, Kilifi county.
“That 61-storey skyscraper developed on a small plot in Watamu must not be built. I have already given my objection to NEMA. If they want to build such a skyscraper, they should do it in Nairobi or Mombasa, not on the beach of Watamu,” said Balala.
The building christened ‘Palm Exotijca’ is projected to stand at a height of 370 meters and was to be the tallest building in Kenya, rivaling the Pinnacle in Nairobi’s Upperhill area.
Balala further said that the construction of apartments and residences near the coastal beaches will not be permitted, adding that only resorts will be allowed.
The investors of the building are said to be from New York and South Africa under the watch of Italian Billionaire Franco Rosco.
The building was designed to serve commercial, residential and recreational purposes. In the plan, there’s a clear layout showing spaces for well equipped corporate offices and commercial space which includes a convention centre.
Balala further urged the area residents and hoteliers to be watchful and report any plans of constructing illegal buildings near the beach.