Bratislavské Nové Mesto and the development company Immocap have agreed in connection with the Nový Istropolis project at Trnavský mýto. After lengthy negotiations with the municipality, the investor approached parts in part, including a new cultural and social hall for at least 1,650 seated personalities in the project phase. Otherwise, he will pay a fine of five million euros. This follows from the agreement signed by both parties.
"The negotiations were extremely tough, we forwarded the draft agreement with comments, to which there were further comments. But I look forward to an honest and transparent agreement in the end," said the mayor of Nové Mesto Rudolf Kusý, who insisted on unconditional preservation of culture in the place. . place. He did not intend to withdraw from the conditions. He also considers the commitment that the hall will be built by the investor, regardless of whether he receives a subsidy from the state budget or Eurofunds.
Other commitments that the mayor insisted on were also signed. It is about the preservation and reuse of valuable elements of the original House of Trade Unions (stained glass, ceramic relief, zodiac or fountains at the House of Technology), the possibility of preserving external and internal marble or participation of the city in planning the appearance and use of public space. In addition, it is investing in the inner blocks, which will be most affected by the construction, and will renovate several public spaces. It will also preserve the valuable plane trees it will enforce and build a public nursery as part of the project. The agreement covers possible free parking spaces.
"After months of difficult negotiations, we have reached an agreement in which we have been forced to make non-standard concessions and, beyond our habits, to commit to conditions that we have not acceded to without pressure from the city district," the CEO of Immocap told TASR. Martin Šramko. However, he thanked for the professionally conducted negotiations and the deployment of the city district.
He reminded that since the acquisition of the House of Trade Unions, they have declared a clear commitment to the Trnava toll cultural and social function and to build a modern hall, which the capital has been waiting for for years. He also has no doubt that the city district or the state is also interested in maintaining the cultural and congress function in the area. "Maximum support from the parties involved and the city will enable Bratislava to bring an exceptional project of national significance," added Šramko, adding that the company has done its utmost for this project.
The building of present-day Istropolis grew in the 1980s. In its place originally stood the palace of Count Berchtold from the first half of the 19th century. The palace was demolished due to the construction of the House of Trade Unions. Only a few historical photographs of the exterior have been preserved. The House of Trade Unions served as a congress palace for the leaders of the communist regime. After 1989, it was the property of the unions. The Novomestská self-government tried to buy it years ago, no agreement was reached. The unions sold Istropolis to a private investor in 2017.