Third Time Lucky for Pula’s Beautiful Scracin Palace?

Lauren Simmonds

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

November the 22nd, 2020 – The gorgeous Scracin Palace located in the very heart of Pula has had more than a rough time of it, but could this beautiful building finally be restored to its former glory? Potentially…

As Novac/Barbara Ban writes, the old saying ”third time lucky” might be true for the stunning but sadly neglected historic Scracin Palace in the centre of Pula, Istria. It belongs to a group of properties being sold off by the Croatian Pension Insurance Institute and the Croatian Health Insurance Institute, which could soon be in their third tender for sale.

”Preparatory works (meaning appraisal) are underway for the resale of the business building in Pula, at Trg Portarata 3. After assessing the market value of the property and obtaining the necessary prior approvals, there will be a public tender for the sale of the building, together with its auxiliary facilities, on the HZMO and HZZO websites,” the Croatian Pension Insurance Institute stated.

Namely, there has already been two attempts to sell the stunning Scracin Palace in the past, but these were both without any success.

”After the first tender back at the end of 2018, the potential buyer withdrew from the purchase of ths property for reasons known to him, and nobody responded to the repeated tender from December 2019. It’s important to note that the Scracin Palace is entered in the register of cultural property, which entails several appropriate obligations for property owners. The decision to declare the Scracin Palace a cultural property, which prescribes restrictions on the execution of works on property, is a public document placed in the collection of documents in the land register and is available to all interested persons,” HZZO pointed out.

Namely, an entrepreneur from Pula, Kristijan Floricic, was interested in the first tender, and he provided a deposit of 785,000 kuna, but gave up before signing the contract and as such lost that deposit. And was then unofficially heard, he gave up when he realised that due to numerous conservation works and research, he wouldn’t be able to do everything he intended with the building.

The problem arose after the submission of the bid when it was realised that before any moves could be made, a considerable amount of money would need to be invested in research, and the conservators didn’t allow for many works which would have had the end goal of turning the Scracin Palace into a hotel eventually. Allegedly, these are works worth several million kuna, which is why the potential buyer considered the investment unprofitable.

Then, under the same conditions, the building again found itself in a new tender, but without any interested buyers. The building was built between 1880 and 1881, and was destroyed in a fire back in 2014, after which the pension and health services moved to another area. Since then, this sorry building has been empty.

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