Months after Ayala Land announced to convert the Balintawak area into a new premier commercial-residential area, the Quezon City government had began to inspect Cloverleaf Market for compliance with city ordinances and existing laws.
Three of the 8 markets in Balintawak namely, Cloverleaf Market, MC Market and Riverview Market II, were served Cease and Desist Order from the Quezon City Market Administrator, Noel T. Soliven, on January 19, 2016, “for persistent and continued lack of compliance with local and national government permits and requirements.”
The three markets previously received fair warnings but failed to initiate improvements. They were given enough time to comply last year. Thus, the City Government’s Market Administrator and Development Department, the City Health Department, the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department, and the Department of Building Official had issued several notices of violations by the said markets including:
- No Locational Clearance
- No Fire Safety Inspection Certificate
- No Sanitary Permit
- No Environmental Clearance
- No Sewage Treatment Facility
- No Environmental Clearance Certificate from DENR
- No Discharge Permits from the Laguna Lake Development Authority
- No Building Permit
- No Consumer Welfare Desk
Some residents and other business establishments in the Balintawak area have also complained against the foul smell and the unlawful discharge of waste materials that pollute the waterways. Poor overall hygiene and sanitary conditions were also cited. Cloverleaf Market, MC Market and Riverview Market II were issued an order by the city government to stop their operation within two (2) days after the notice was served.
As for Ayala Land, the ground breaking ceremony of the 11-hectare land took place last March 16. They will transform the land into mixed-used community. The new Cloverleaf will include a mall with shops, dining and leisure facilities, office buildings, a residential area, two condominiums, and a state-of-the-art hospital.
The Ayala Mall Cloverleaf and Qualimed Hospital are set to open in 2017.
Ayala Land SVP Meean Dy said, “Our vision is to create a pocket urban development. Cloverleaf will give people access to refreshing retail, business, lifestyle and residential possibilities, elements that create an ideal urban lifestyle.”