Works at Unfinished University Hospital in Zagreb to Start in Six Months?

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The enormous project in Blato near Zagreb, paid for by the citizens, was stopped in 1992.

According to RTL, it seems that the works on the University Hospital, an unfinished project on a 217 thousand m2 space in Blato near Zagreb, will soon continue – after 25 years.

The huge complex, built from 1982 until 1992, was funded by deducting 1.5% from citizens pay checks, but it was never finished. The citizens paid 6 billion dinars (almost 60 million Deutsche marks), but then the project stopped and no government was willing to continue such a big project.

Even though Mayor Bandić announced that it would be several years until the City and the Government reached a decision and works on building a new park started on the site on July 4, he met with Health Minister Milan Kujundžić on Friday to discuss a common solution.

“We made a decision that we should embark on this project together. The first step will be building a new children’s clinic, after which other hospitals will be moving in – Merkur, Vinogradska, Klaićeva, Draškovićeva, Petrova, and Sveti Duh,” Minister Kujundžić said,

In addition to the huge area, the ownership of the site became problematic after it was denationalised, but it seems that the problem has been solved.

“The City of Zagreb added the 563,000 m2 land to the land register six months ago, and the plan is to build a children’s hospital, hospice, thermal baths – a state-of-the-art health and medicine centre,” Mayor Bandić told RTL.

Building a children’s hospital would cost €130 million, with a total cost of €500 million. The works are scheduled to start in six months, so Zagreb’s eyesore should turn into a modern Croatian healthcare centre.

For more details, watch RTL’s report here.



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