The plan is to convert Banovina, and the city officials will move to a building that has not been built yet, reports RTL.
Banovina could become a hotel in a few years. Serious plans are being made to move the Split City Administration building from the attractive location along the West Coast.
Split Mayor, Ivica Puljak, says:
“The city administration has no place in the attractive location of the West Coast and that is why we have made a plan for the conversion of Banovina. We believe that this location can be used much better for a hotel or other commercial content that will generate funds, and with the money that the City will earn from long-term rent, we will cover the cost of building a new, more favorable building for Split administration.
Detailed plans will be fully completed by the end of the year so that we can start construction next year and move to a new building in two years at the latest.
I call on all state and local institutions to move out of locations that can be much better used for another activity from which revenues can be generated. Banovina would be leased on a long-term basis, and the money would be used to build a new city administration building,” Puljak said on his Facebook page.
Dražen Pejković from the City of Split Department of Urbanism said:
“It seems to me that this is the first example in Croatia when, moving from one attractive location to one that is less attractive, and putting this attractive one in a special tourist function, justifies the entire financial construction.”
Most citizens have nothing against the plan. The Croatian Fraternal Union Square near the court and the police administration is a location chosen by some citizens, answering the question of where it would suit them to have a new city administration building.
“Well, let’s say there is a court that would put all those buildings in one place. When a person needs to go to Banovina, to the court, that would be ideal,” replied one Split local.
This is exactly the location for which the preliminary design will be done, and it is predicted that it would cost around 120 million kuna. Relocating the city administration building was also a wish of Puljak’s predecessors.
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