A planned West Bay Road apartment complex boasting Cayman’s first rooftop pool is prompting complaints from neighbors that the unique feature will be an invasion of their privacy.
Stefan Baraud has submitted plans for the “uber-luxury” Hyde Park complex featuring 20 two- and three-bedroom homes. The site is off Parkway Drive, close to where the same developer is building townhouses.
The complex, which also features a gym and commercial space on the ground floor, has raised concerns among neighbors. Fourteen letters of objection have been submitted to the Central Planning Authority.
Despite its proximity to a busy stretch of West Bay Road, neighbors argue that Parkway Drive itself is a quiet and tranquil community of single-family homes. They say a rooftop pool amounts to a fourth floor, not permitted in a residential zone, and would be an invasion of their privacy.
“Anyone using this facility would have a clearview of and overlook my property, taking away any privacy and quiet comfort that we currently enjoy,” one neighbor wrote.
Multiple neighbors made similar complaints in letters published with the Central Planning Authority agenda papers. The application, originally slated to come before the CPA for a decision in November, has been put off until the new year.
Mr. Baraud said he is confident the design of the building is fully compliant with planning law.
He said Hyde Park would be an upscale development featuring a private 24-hour gym and the first rooftop pool in Cayman. Screens will be put up to protect the privacy of neighboring residents, he said.
“The rooftop pool has become an issue for some of the people in the neighborhood, but we believe it is allowable,” he said.
The development features 20 units, ranging in price from $550,000 to $850,000. He said it would feature 24-hour security and key-fob access for residents.
Mr. Baraud said the commercial space, another source of contention for neighbors, would be for the gym and offices.
Several neighbors contested that commercial development is not allowed in a residential zone, arguing that it would bring additional traffic and the possibility of crime to their neighborhood.
One objector wrote, “It is inconceivable that a developer would devote fully one third of a development to gym, and offices, unless these are also serving the public which requires a change of zoning.”
The objector added, “Our determination to prevent commercial premises in our neighborhood has been intensified by the lethal shooting this weekend at Seven Mile Shops [the Oct. 1 shooting of Justin Manderson]. Clearly, large amounts of parking behind the building which is not visible from West Bay Road will provide an area where an undesirable element of the public can congregate to engage in antisocial activities and not be observed by the RCIP.”