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Warsaw. The headquarters of EuRoPol Gaz will be demolished. The developer will build flats at Literacka Street

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The story of the unfinished EuRoPol Gazu office building in Bielany is coming to an end. A developer who has bought a plot of land with an unfinished building may demolish it and build flats in its place.

Over 20 years old, the office building at the intersection of Maczka and Aleja Armii Krajowej – the exact address is Literacka 7 – scares with its appearance. But all indications are that these are his last moments. The building, which Dom Development bought almost exactly one year ago from the Polish-Russian company EuRoPol Gaz, received permission to demolish it.

– Dom Development received a decision issued by the Office of Architecture and Spatial Planning on January 11, 2023. The investor has permission to build two multi-family residential buildings with underground and above-ground parking and technical infrastructure, and to demolish the office building, Artur Szklarczyk from the press department of the capital city hall told us.

The developer himself does not reveal specifics. – We are currently at the stage of design works related to the investment at Literacka Street, so it is too early to provide details – Magda Kołodziejczyk replied on behalf of Dom Development.

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The unfinished headquarters of a Polish-Russian company

The construction of the office building in Bielany began in 2000. It was to be the grand headquarters of the EuRoPol Gaz company, which was established in the early 1990s and was responsible for the operation of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline.

Two years later, the investment was discontinued, leaving the building unfinished. The owner wanted to sell it, but the investors did not want to pay what he expected. Therefore, the transaction did not take place. Then the shareholders decided to give it to the city. The city hall considered accepting the donation and using the building as offices for officials. Ultimately, however, he refused, explaining the decision with high costs: PLN 26 million in donation tax and tens of millions more to complete the construction.

Then there was an idea to move Warsaw’s art schools there – the Academy of Fine Arts, the Theater Academy and the Karol Szymanowski University of Music in Warsaw. Chopin. This concept also failed.

Finally, a preliminary agreement was signed two years ago with one of the largest Warsaw developers. A year later, Dom Development became the owner of the plot and the unfinished office building. The first application for a building permit for an estate was rejected due to “design flaws”.

Main photo source: Mateusz Szmelter, tvnwarszaw.pl

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