Luxury apartments that blocked view of Mount Fuji will be demolished

Luxury apartments that blocked view of Mount Fuji will be demolished Luxury apartments that blocked view of Mount Fuji will be demolished
  • The ten-storey building was due to be inhabited in days
  • But officials in Tokyo have ordered the structure to be demolished
  • Flats were being sold for more than £400,000

A ten-storey luxury building in Tokyo that blocks a near-perfect view of the sacred Mount Fuji is set to be demolished days before owners were due to move in.

The Grand Maison Kunitachi Fujimi-dori building in the Naka district of Kunitachi city held 18 flats that were sold to buyers who wanted to live with a prime view of the 12,389ft mountain on the western horizon.

But after years of pressure local groups, who were furious that they would have their own views of Mount Fuji blocked, officials have decreed that the flats will have to be knocked down.

Buyers of the flats, which were sold for 82 million yen (£410,000), set to move in next month have been informed about the imminent destruction of the building.

The developers, Sekisui House, were engaged in a drawn-out battle for the right to erect the building, and were forced to change the building from an 11-storey building to a ten-storey building.

Locals said they wanted a 'further reduction' of height, and asked the developers to build just four storeys, but they pushed back saying that the likelihood of generating a profit would be drastically lowered.

A spokesperson for the developers said after the demolition decision was made that the company 'did not adequately consider the impact of the project on the surrounding area, and the landscape.'

While Tokyo is one of the largest cities on earth, hosting several skyscrapers in its centre, most of the city's suburbs are built up with relatively lowrise buildings.

In the Naka district, the soon-to-be demolished building was marketed as the first condominium to be built in the area in a decade.

Views of Mount Fuji are highly sought after, and locals are rarely happy about others ruining beauty spots with lines of sight to the peak.

In April, a massive 65ft barrier to block Mount Fuji from view was installed in a popular photo spot by Japanese authorities exasperated by crowds of badly behaved foreign tourists.

An official from Fujikawaguchiko town said of the barrier: ''It's regrettable we have to do this, because of some tourists who can't respect rules.'

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