ZAGREB, July 10, 2019 – President of the Zagreb City Assembly Drago Prgomet of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Wednesday said that HDZ councillors do not wish to see amendments to the city’s town planning that would envisage building a high rise complex where the Zagreb Trade Fair and racecourse are located.
He said that the HDZ will demand that whatever is to be built in that locality is appropriate for a city that is a central European metropolis. “We don’t want to build a New York here, nor do we want to build a Belgrade on the Sava River,” he underscored.
Reporters asked Progmet what HDZ’s attitude would be toward the project dubbed “Zagreb’s Manhattan” if the people were against it, and he said that HDZ would respect the will of the people.
“If citizens say they agree or don’t agree with something at a referendum, then that is literally binding for us. Until there is a referendum, the City Assembly will make decisions, including regarding town planning, which only sets out prerequisites for certain changes regarding construction in Zagreb,” he said.
He asserted that HDZ was very responsible in the process of adopting the city’s town plan and that it is generally for adopting a new one, provided procedure is respected.
In March this year, the city authorities said that Eagle Hills, a group of investors from Abu Dhabi, was the likely strategic investor in a possible development project colloquially called Manhattan.
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