Bangkok is already packed with shopping centers and retails and office spaces such as Interchange 21 but projects are still cropping up here and there. In fact, a pocket park located downtown will be paved to make way for a commercial property. A former politician owns the park and he was previously sentenced to jail because he demolished the businesses of his former tenants.
The private park is known as ChuvitGarden which is located in SoiSukhumvit 10. The owner is ChuvitKamolvisit, who used to be a politician but ventured into being a talk show host. The small park is now leased to Land and Houses Co Ltd. The developer said that they are planning to construct a mixed-used commercial building.
The chairman of the board of directors of the developer is NapornSunthornchitcharoen and he announced that this February they are going to sign a lease for the land which will last for 30 years.
Chuvit presented the park to the public as a gift but in 2016 the gates were already locked with a sign explaining that the place is under renovation. He added that the deal is not yet done.
He admitted that he wasn’t looking for buyers but they keep coming to him with offers and he confirmed that he will not sell it but a lease might be possible. As of last week, he denied of any contract being signed.
When questioned regarding the closure despite his announcement that it was a gift to the public, he said that he has given them enough time and the place needed a renovation. They are thinking of building something on it. He said that it has served as a park for the public for more than a decade and that was enough time.
Land and House said that they are going to construct retail space of 3,000 square meters, 400 hotel rooms and an office space of 20,000 square meters similar to Interchange 21 which is also located in Sukhumvit. The project is estimated to be worth 6 billion baht and construction will start in 2019.