Sergey Levkin: center of Moscow enhances housing space
Lowering administrative barriers has a positive effect on the dynamics of projects under construction in the Russian capital. Implementation of new urban policy helps to turn Moscow into a comfortable and well-maintained city, which attracts considerable interest of investors.
Active construction is under way in the Central Administrative Okrug (CAO) of the city. More than one thousand projects were offered for consideration to the city authorities by investors. However, those who would create an excessive burden on the existing engineering and transport infrastructure, have been canceled.
It was agreed that office premises should be located mainly beyond the boundaries of the Third Ring Road (TTK), where live more than 90 percent of the Moscow population. This will not only reduce commuting for residents of the city, but also save their time, as well as give a positive impact on the city environment.
It was also settled to renovate already existing housing fund in the center of the Russian capital and to open new hotels there. Over the past three years, the amount of commissioned housing in the Central Okrug is actively increasing. In 2015, 14 facilities with total area of 370 thousand sq. m. m were put into operation, in 2014 – less than four (261 thousand sq. m.), and in 2013 – only 7 (190 thousand sq. m.).
New hotels were opened in the city center. It has a positive effect on development of tourism, at the same time being a current need on the eve of the World Cup, which will be held in Moscow in 2018.
“This approach was approved by the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, and it is already showing the results of its implementation. Central Okrug of Moscow is not only a place where residents and visitors work, but also a place where they live, spend leisure time. Simplification of administrative procedures related to construction, of course, help to solve the problem more quickly,” said the Head of the Moscow Department of urban planning policy, Sergey Levkin.