Scrap over studio apartments in Nonhyeon-dong
According to the Gangnam District Office, a group of residents in Nonhyeon-dong in Gangnam, southern Seoul, have submitted petitions asking for the cancellation of a permit to allow the redevelopment of a two-storey house into a four-storey apartment building. They say their privacy will be invaded by strangers and “uncontrollable people.”
Nonhyeong-dong is a street known for its high priced real estate and VIP residents, especially houses with addresses beginning with the number 29. President Lee Myung-bak owns a house in 29-0; Kim Yong-ju, chairman of Haengnam Chinaware Inc., is living at 29-15; and Choi Soo-boo, chairman of Kwang Dong Pharmaceutical Corp., is living at 29-10.
The brouhaha started Oct. 11 when a resident surnamed Nam, 55, who lives at 29-7, received approval to convert his two-story house into a studio apartment building with 19 units. Since then, about 20 residents have submitted petitions for the permit to be rescinded.
“We’ll try to resolve the differences among the residents as soon as possible,” Park Hyo-seok, an official of the Gangnam office, told the JoongAng Ilbo.
By Chung Ki-hwan [firstname.lastname@example.org]