Could a Bandić Era Zagreb Project See The Light Of Day?

Lauren Simmonds

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June the 28th, 2024 – Plenty of plans with huge price tags attached to them (and which never came to be) are associated with late mayor Milan Bandić’s time. Could one big Zagreb project in particular from “those days” come to be? Maybe…

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, under urgent procedure, a proposal for the purchase of five thousand square metres of land in the Kajzerica neighbourhood of Novi Zagreb will be presented to the representatives of the City Assembly.

The City of Zagreb plans to purchase this piece of land for 2.26 million euros from the Institution for Professional Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities (URIHO). With this encouraging move, Mayor Tomislav Tomašević’s administration has pulled yet another old Zagreb project started during the era of Milan Bandić from out of the proverbial dusty drawer.

This Zagreb project primarily involves the so-called URIHO complex, part of a large project that late Mayor Milan Bandić referred to as “Kajzerica – Zagreb’s Sleeping Beauty”. He spoke of it in such terms back in 2012 when he announced the construction of a school, kindergarten, church, crafts centre, several new roads and a large building in the triangle bounded by the railway line and two busy streets, according to Večernji list.

The plan back then at least was to build the complex on a plot of land spanning about three hectares. The building itself would cover about 30,000 square metres of space and consist of three parts; a production-rehabilitation hall, a sports hall for people with disabilities, and an educational-rehabilitation home with beds. Fast-forwarding to this potentially big Zagreb project in 2024, it’s precisely the last part that Mayor Tomašević plans to build as soon as possible.


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