Who will win the pearls of the Dnipro? No matter who gets them, rest assured not everyone will be able to afford to relax there, says a KW article by Andriy Santarovych.
On October 4 Kyiv City Administration for Town Planning, Architecture and Landscaping announced an open tender for the development of the “General Concept of Renovation of the Dnipro Valley in Kyiv”, which includes city islands and the Dnipro hills. Tender bids will be announced on November 5. The information at hand is enough to understand how the Dnipro islands will be exploited.
In compliance with the required specifications of the concept, the tender winner will have to calculate the recreation capacity of the territories of the “Dnipro green corridor” and appraise the maximum permissible load on natural landscapes. The winner will also have to “specify the methods of their possible transformation”. The Shevchenkivskiy District Administration suggested building hotels, villas, supermarkets, shopping malls, and night clubs with views of the river front etc.
The city hall’s Chief Transport and Communications Administration has proposed a Master Plan for the development of Kyiv to 2025 which is rumored to include a golf club in the Obolon section of the river, an aqua park and sports center by Doman Creek and on the Muromets Island and a sports park on Halerniy Island and the Horbachykha zone.
These ideas complement the logic of the so-called Dnipro Pearl strategic initiative, which was embedded in the Concept for the development of Kyiv by the year 2025 and is a part of the aforementioned tender. The main objective of the “pearl” was disclosed in the corresponding section of the Concept: create new jobs and attract investments to bring more money into the city coffers and use of territories for recreational and entertainment purposes. Potential investors should be interested in the opportunity to build a sports and recreation complex on Dolobetskiy Island, the article concludes.