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Kiev, Ukraine announce plans to vastly expand city by 2023

23. September 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

The Euro 2012 Soccer event has been a great uniting force for Ukraine and has spurred change in the country. One of the biggest movements to come since the announcement of the Polish-Ukrainian joint sports venture has been the push to expand Kiev.

Led by Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky, city planners have announced their intentions to turn most of the city’s undeveloped and surrounding areas into residential and business facilities.

Plans to expand the city by 1.5 million square meters of housing this year fell apart due to the financial crisis which has hit Ukraine significantly, but now with the 2012 event and the push to develop an infrastructure to support the influx of people into the capital city. To fight urban sprawl, the recently released plans call for the redevelopment of 5-7 million square meters of disused industrial space from abandoned factories along with an additional 23-25 million from other areas by the year 2023.

Currently Ukraine has 64 million square meters of apartment housing and around 2.2 million square meters of space in single family homes.

Kiev’s development has recently been the subject of controversy after leaked plans revealed city planner’s intentions to build a large hotel over a World War II memorial site.