Demolition, renovation and return of residents to the center with parallel use of the buildings that will be released by the government plan – A bill for the abandoned is coming
In triple axis of demolition, the return of housing in the city center, but also the release of buildings that are currently the sector of the wider public sector is, according to the government and the municipality of Athens, the recipe that will keep the capital alive without running the risk of being turned into a theme park of an ancient Greek disneyland.
It is part of this direction the relocation of ministries to the government park to be done in Ymittos, but also the bill prepared by the Ministry of Environment for urban regeneration and abandoned buildings, many of the specific goals are to host social housing. After all, the city in the 20 years from 2000 onwards lost about 2 out of 5 permanent residents.
As the Minister of State pointed out, Akis Skertsos Speaking at a discussion at the 22nd Prodexpo, the services of 19 ministries are currently housed in 191 buildings, of which only 50 are privately owned and the rest are leased, at a cost of over € 60 million. Referring to the plan to transfer 9 ministries to the building of the former Pyrkal in Ymittos, he stressed that in 2022 the PPP will be announced, the masterplan will follow, the necessary expropriations will be developed and a 5 plan relocation of EAS to other buildings and ministries in EAS will be developed. . .
“Let us leave behind the deficit of the plan, to think about the demolition of buildings, the return of free lands, the return of housing in the city center,” said the Minister of State, announcing “cosmogony of projects” for the coming years in the greater Attica area (Greek, OAKA, Double regeneration etc.).
Bill on abandoned buildings
The release of the building potential is a special chapter for the Ministry of Environment, as in this way there will be a renewal of the dynamic users in these shells, something that will give them life beyond working hours, according to the Secretary General. Of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment of the Ministry, Efthymio Bakoyannis: “There are positive urban plans from the reuse of the building stock of the countries that currently house the ministries that will be relocated. These shells that employ such a large population in practice only work for a certain time of day. The goal of the city and a big bet are the uses that open an activity for most of the 24 hours and not 1/3 of it. In this direction, the social housing is the one that will give life to the central areas“, Stressed Mr. Bakoyannis, adding that the increase of the population living in the center, will fatally limit the movements.
Respectively in terms of roads and transportation, Mr. Bakoyannis said that space should be removed from the cars, which has been occupied: “Almost all 24 hours of the day both sides of most Athenian streets are occupied from parked vehicles, which move perhaps less than 1 hour in total. ” explained.
Costas Bakogiannis: The State is a bad owner
There are three strategic goals that must be agreed in order to change the view and philosophy of Athens, according to the mayor of Athens, Costas Bakogiannis:
The liberation of public space in order to be attributed to the residents, given that as he said, Athens has three records: it has the most sq.m. certainly in proportion to its population, most sq.m. inside the houses and the least sq.m. green in proportion to its population. Referring to social housing, the mayor of the capital said that the issue is discussed all over Europe except Greece and Athens, while he clarified that when we talk about social housing, we do not mean working housing.
The potential of sustainable mobility goals.
The coexistence of mixed uses so that Athens does not become a “theme park, an ancient Greek Disneyland”. This is the moment of Athens given that there is a huge investment and tourist interest “.
He added that the worst owner in the city today is the State, as they exist Hundreds of buildings in the wider public sector, which remain closed and unused. “And the problem is not only the aesthetics and the appearance of the buildings, but the devaluation of an entire neighborhood”, he stressed, citing as examples three typical cases: the building that used to house IKA on Piraeus Street, where now an entire building block is deserted, the building of the old Court of Appeal in the square of Justice and several buildings in the University, which remain closed and unused.
Referring to the need to return the house in the center of Athens, Mr. Skertsos stressed that the asymmetry in the market and the tourism of land money caused price increases, something that “expels” the house. On the contrary, the liberalization of real estate by the State will again make the center financially accessible.
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