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Warsaw. Empik's vacant lot requires major renovation, costs difficult to estimate

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The tenement house on the corner of Nowy Świat and Aleje Jerozolimskie, where Empik had its seat for 70 years, has been empty for many months. A city hall representative said that before the building can be redeveloped, it must undergo a major renovation.

Deputy spokeswoman for the capital city hall Jakub Leduchowski, asked about the future of the historic tenement house, noted that the city is currently working on the scope of necessary renovation work together with the Mazovian provincial conservator of monuments. – The cost of renovation will largely depend on the conservator's recommendations, and – consequently – also on the possible way of developing this space and the group of entities potentially interested in the facility – he added.

He stressed that the building requires a general renovation, which would involve significant financial outlays.

The monument is falling into ruin

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The building with the characteristic inscription: “The whole nation is building its capital” at the intersection of Nowy Świat and Aleje Jerozolimskie is falling into ruin. It was built in the 1950s as the building of the Social Fund for the Reconstruction of the Capital, on the ruins of a 19th-century tenement house destroyed during World War II.

Until February 2022, the tenement housed the capital's most famous Empik. A month earlier, the building was entered into the register of historical monuments. In April, the then Mazovian voivode Konstanty Radziwiłł (PiS) created a humanitarian aid point for refugees from Ukraine there, having previously taken away the city's management of the building. The aid point was closed in 2023, and the tender for the modernization of the building was canceled due to the overly expensive bids submitted there. At the end of September, the Mazovian Voivode Tobiasz Bocheński (PiS) handed the property over to the city for management..

The property belongs to the State Treasury and is administered by the city.

Main image source: tvnwarszawa.pl

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