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Homburg Zolitude disputes Priedaines Street apartment building’s status as slum

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUHomburg Zolitude, which is in charge of the development of the apartment building on Priedaines Street 20, has turned to Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov with an application to dispute the decision of Riga City Council’s Commission for Assessment of Environmentally Degrading Buildings to recognize the aforementioned building as an A category slum.

A category buildings are structures that has fully or partially fallen apart and thereby threatens human lives. The apartment building on Priedaines Street 20 is neither ruined nor dangerous to human lives. With that, Homburgs Zolitude believes the decision of the Riga City Council Commission is illegal, as reported by the company.

Homburg Zolitude notes that the company has fully realized all duties it had before Riga City Council, including a full technical inspection of the building and its freezing as an asset. The company also remains open for talks with Riga City Council in order to carry out a trade for property of equal value.

The state of wear-out of the aforementioned building was stated to be at 70% in the report compiled by Commodo. Riga City Council’s Commission decided to classify it as A-category slum.

On 6 July, Riga City Properties Department decided to begin work to obtain the piece of land located on Priedaines Street 20 under municipal ownership.

This piece of land is currently owned by Homburg Zolitude and Tineo. Both companies have agreed to look into the option of trade of real estate property.

The commission has noted that the municipality would rather acquire the piece of land with an already demolished building, so that it is possible to change the point of use of the property – set up a memorial for victims of Zolitude tragedy. In order to do this, it is first necessary to clear the territory from all unnecessary structures.

Homburg Zolitude is owned by Homburg Eastern Europe Fund B.V. registered in Netherlands. Its owners are approximately 800 Dutch private persons. Homburg Zolitude owned the surface half of the roof on Priedaines Street 20, the underground parking lot and the adjacent apartment building.

The owner of trade premises is Tineo, which rented out the building to Maxima Latvija.

On 21 November, 2014, the roof of Maxima supermarket caved in, killing 54 people. The Zolitude tragedy became the largest one since the restoration of independence.

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