City council members were also present, next meeting to be scheduled “soon”
After months of silence regarding the Razvoj Golf project in Dubrovnik, finally some movement, At least when it comes to the reconstruction of the Impreial Fortress. Well, better than nothing.
Mayor of Dubrovnik Andro Vlahušić met with the members of the Committee for emergency negotiations with Razvoj Golf, representatives of Razvoj golf d.o.o. and the main designer Željko Peković to discuss the reconstruction of the Imperial fortress on Srđ hill.
The committee is comprised of representatives from all political parties in the current City Council and along with the above mentioned Mayor Vlahušić, this meeting was attended by the president of the city council Mato Franković, Lukša Matušić, Maro Kristić, Ivan Viđen and Mladen Gojun. Razvoj Golf d.o.o. was represented by project diretor Ivan Kusalić and his associate Jelena Mijatović.
In his opening statement, Kusalić explained that, despite popular opinion, location permit does not presume the position of the Homeland War Museum within the walls of Imperial Fortress. In accordance with valid laws, location permit only marks outer parametres of each individual building in its complete volume, including the Imperial Fortress. This disputes the opinion that the location permit annuls the concession contract.
Main designer Peković presented the entire Imperial Fortress project to the city council members, explaining individual elements of the project and answering all of their questions. He noted that the project envisages the reconstruction of the Fortress back to its original state and that this whole procedure was under the supervision of the Croatian Council for Cultural Goods and the Imperial Fortress Committee which was appointed by the assistant of the Minister of Culture, Sanja Šaban with members Miljenko Domjan, Tomislav Petrinec and Bruno Diklić. Members of the committee were giving their opinions and guidelines regarding expert questions on the reconstruction of the fortress, in cooperation with the Conservationists office in Dubrovnik.
Several possible projects were considered over several stages of the project, including the location in the middle part of the fortress where the exhibition Dubrovnik in Homeland War is currently open. IN accordance with all expert guidance, west bastion of the building was selected as the best location for the museum, taking into account set dimensions of the object. Museum can act as an individual and independent unit; it will have a separate entrance from three sides as well as all auxiliary facilities needed by the museum.
Committee of the Ministry of Culture suggested an addition to the project in the central part of the building where they would house the memorial part of the museum which would be connected to the museum in the west bastion, and this suggestion was accepted by Razvoj Golf and included in the project design. Along with the permanent museum exhibition, west bastion would also include cultural and educational areas while outdoor exhibitions would be organized on the outside plateau.
A question of illegal constructions that are currently on the land belonging to the fortress was also raised during the meeting. All participants agreed that the reconstruction should be done in its entirety not in stages so the current state should be adjusted in accordance with current laws and regulations.
Further steps on the reconstruction of Imperial Fortress and the decision of the City council of Dubrovnik will be discussed on the next meeting which should take place “soon”.