A hotel located in the heart of Athens has three months’ time to demolish its two top floors which are blocking the view to the Acropolis, according to a decision by Greece’s highest court.
More specifically, the Council of State has ruled that Coco-Mat Athens BC, located in the Koukaki neighborhood at the foot of the Acropolis, must carry out relevant studies and proceed with the demolition of the two last floors in the next three months.
The hotel was one of two constructions that spurred the angry reaction of locals in February 2019 after exceeding the 24 meter building limit of the area by 12.5 meters. At the same time, locals said the building was located within the archaeological area of the Acropolis, a world famous UNESCO heritage site.
The public uproar in 2019 prompted the environment and culture ministries to investigate possible gaps in current zoning laws that would allow such interventions.
The hotel had received the approval of the Athens Municipality, which later revoked the said decision. In response to media reports this week, the municipal authority said it had proceeded with “a partial revocation” which had also been published. “The Municipality of Athens has no other obligations regarding the procedure,” it said, adding that “the obligation to demolish the arbitrary floors comes under the jurisdiction of the Decentralized Administration of Attica, which must do so within three months”.
The City of Athens went on to add that the Tourism Ministry must also “seal off the business as it has been operating without a legal license”.
Coco-Mat Athens BC is one of the highest value assets in the real estate portfolio of Ble Kedros REIC and recently listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.