Château-style villas in Bolu to be completed

Château-style villas in Bolu to be completed

MUDURNU – Demirören News Agency
Château-style villas in Bolu to be completed

The development and sale of controversial château-style villas in a Turkish UNESCO-listed town will resume after the bankruptcy decision against its developer has been reversed by a court.

The project included 732 villas, a shopping center, a hotel, a mosque and public spaces in the western Black Sea province of Bolu’s Mudurnu district, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2015 and became a member of the international Cittaslow Movement in 2018.

The $200 million project, which started in 2011, was halted last year after its developer applied to a court to restructure its debts with its creditors. Instead, the court decided on bankruptcy in November, 2018. After getting special permission from the Directorate of Bankruptcy in January 2019, the developer continued to sell the completed villas to buyers from Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

“We have discharged 50 percent of our debts during the judicial process. We will finish the project in 2021,” said Mezher Yerdelen, chair of the Sarot Group which owns the developer of the Burj Al Babas project.

A lawsuit against the Sarot Group for damaging a forest area is proceeding in a Mudurnu court.

The architecture style of the buildings caused a public outcry on social media especially because of its contrast with the Ottoman-style historical mansions of Mudurnu.