2.7 Million Kuna for Renovation of Sorkočević Mansion

Lauren Simmonds

Good news for one of Dubrovnik’s neglected but significant old buildings as the EU provides funds for much needed restoration.

2.7 million euro has been granted to the ACI back in 2016 for the renovation of the Sorkočević mansion located at ACI marina Dubrovnik.

As DuList writes on the 1st of March, 2018, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds confirmed that the project proposal “SKALA – a new cultural tourism destination in Komolac, Dubrovnik” has successfully passed all seven stages of the evaluation process of the grant award and the decision is a positive one, with funds secured to go ahead with the project of restoring and renovating the old property.

The approved grant amount of 2.7 million kuna relates to the preparation of project documentation for the implementation of Integrated Development Programs based on the restoration of cultural heritage. Upon completion of the implementation of the project in direct relation to the preparation of the required, aforementioned documentation, there is also an intention to apply for the B activity group, i.e, the implementation of the integrated renovation/restoration program for the Sorkočević mansion.

Funds from the European Regional Development Fund are intended to provide support for the renewal and the subsequent revitalisation of cultural heritage through integrated development programs, the idea itself naturally implies investment in cultural heritage followed by the complementary development of additional, primarily tourist oriented facilities, or services with a view to contributing to sustainable development at both a local and regional level.

The project ”SKALA – a new cultural tourism destination in Komolac, Dubrovnik” covers the reconstruction of the property and the renovation of the environment in which it is located. There are plans to open up a museum, a school of old crafts, as well as a new souvenir shop. Restoration and reconstruction of the restaurant and reconstruction of the park close to the residence is also planned. The aim of the project is to create a new cultural and tourist destination in Komolac in order to bring the cultural heritage and identity of the Dubrovnik area to the very forefront, in both a touristic and economic sense.

Within the scope of the project of the restoration of the culturally significant Sorkočević mansion, the entire area would be marked as a cultural and tourist attraction of not only, Komolac, but of the City of Dubrovnik and of the wider Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

By implementing this integrated program, ACI d.d. will be able to add an entirely unique, brand new offer to its portfolio and ACI Marina Dubrovnik, Komolac, will become the only marina on the Adriatic to possess high-value cultural heritage and also manage it.

After the renovation of the property and its surrounding environment, new cultural attractions in line with the general theme of the area will be established, such as a Renaissance Festival, various concerts and performances, poetry reading and similar cultural and tourist events, which will naturally enrich Dubrovnik as a whole, not to mention Komolac, which is an area almost totally overlooked by visitors to the city.


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