Aston hasn’t commissioned a single building yet

Aston, the local developer, has not been able to commission any of its buildings under construction yet. According to the builder’s official website, the second section of Aston Park (a nineteen-storey apartment block at 14 Kunarskaya St.) is to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2009, Aquarelle (a seventeen-storey apartment building at 115 Sofya Perovskaya St.) is to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2010, and Athena (a twelve-storey apartment building) is to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2009.


At the same time, the commissioning of the building Aston is expected to finish soonest of all may, in fact, be postponed indefinitely. The developer is supposed to complete its Aston Plaza, an eighteen-storey apartment block in Radischev-Gurzufskaya St. in the third quarter of 2008, yet the construction process might be halted due to a number of problems.


Aston’s Chairman Vyacheslav Trapeznikov reports the company has gone through eleven lawsuits already; in addition, there have been numerous complaints from the dwellers of neighboring buildings as well as some picketing. The complaints have to do with the fact that that this high-rise building would block all the sunshine from the nearby apartment block, while Aston hasn’t yet done much to make up for this.


Now Sverdlovsk Region’s public prosecution authorities insist on freezing the illegal construction process that involves Aston’s apartment building in Radischev-Gurzufskaya St. in Yekaterinburg. The authorities had to react to the local residents’ numerous complaints and conduct an investigation that revealed that depriving them of sunshine infringes on the dwellers’ natural right to nice environment.


Apart from that, the developer operates on the basis of the permit issued by Yekaterinburg’s municipal council. However, the regional experts report Aston’s design documentation and engineering survey reports do not meet the legal requirements and have to be improved on.


As a result, the public prosecution authorities protest against the illegal construction permit and have already taken legal action against Aston’s top executive.


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