The Wolski Zakład Gospodarowania Nieruchomościami decided to brick the entrances to the former Czarny Kot hotel. The spokesman informed that the existing security measures had been destroyed. But why wasn’t the building simply demolished?
Maciej Binkowski, the capital city councilor from PiS, drew attention to the current state of the plot taken over by the city. He stated that the building was not adequately protected and that it was inhabited by people in a homelessness crisis.
– The pompous neighborhood has announced that this is the end of the problem. Cleaning works and bringing the area to order were announced. Meanwhile, everything has been abandoned, abandoned, there is no supervision. The building is painted, valuable elements are being dismantled by scrap collectors. Very makeshift security features are broken. The facility was settled by homeless people. I am afraid that a tragedy may soon occur – the councilor told the Polish Press Agency.
On Thursday, Paweł Siedlecki, spokesman of Zakład Gospodarowania Nieruchomościami Wola, answered PAP’s questions about securing the ruins. Reported that “the contractor proceeded this morning [w czwartek – red.] for security work “. They are supposed to last all day. He admitted that” security is being destroyed, and the homeless several times have tried to stay in this place. “- Every time our employees noticed such a situation, security services were called to Due to repeated incidents and the destruction of security measures, we decided to brick the entrances in. This is a solution that has already proved successful in other abandoned buildings, explained Siedlecki.
On Thursday, around 12 o’clock, the tvnwarszawa.pl reporter Tomasz Zieliński was on the spot. He reported that he did not meet any workers near Czarny Kot, but there were bricks prepared for bricklaying next to the building.
The neighborhood is waiting for a warrant
But why did the district take a half-measure, instead of simply demolishing the devastated building? According to the deputy mayor of Wola, Adam Hać, in an interview with tvnwarszawa.pl, Czarny Kot will be demolished, but the district is still waiting for the formalities to be completed. – The bailiff, after he has led the existing users out of the building, prepares a report on the condition of the property. For this purpose, he commissioned an expert opinion. However, we, without waiting for it, at the beginning of August, applied to the poviat building supervision authority to issue an order for its demolition due to the technical condition of the building. This administrative procedure is in progress – informed Hać.
As he estimated, everything should take about a month. – I hope that at the beginning of November or no later than in the middle of the month, we will receive a decision and the Zakład Gospodarowania Nieruchomościami will be able to proceed with the demolition of this facility – added the deputy mayor.
Plot for commercial purposes
The mayor of Wola, Krzysztof Strzałkowski, previously informed that the future of the plot had been included in the local plan for this place. – It provides for commercial buildings at this point up to 25 meters high. The property will be commercialized, and the district management would like to finance the construction of an educational institution for the residents of the area of Burakowska Street. It cannot be ruled out, however, that if the assumptions of the so-called Polish Deal are not modified, it will be necessary to allocate them to finance the deficit in the city’s coffers caused by the government’s actions, stated Strzałkowski.
Lawlessness with a long history
Czarny Kot was the most famous construction lawless in Warsaw. From a pavilion built in the 1980s, it was extended to a seven-story building. In 2010, the city authorities took steps to recover the plot. Final judgment in the case of the Czarny Kot hotel handed down in March, when the court rejected the owners’ appeal against the verdict ordering the property to be handed over to the city. In mid-June, the authorities of Wola asked the bailiff to take over the plot. This entered the area of the most famous construction violation at the beginning of August.
Earlier, the construction supervision – indicating that Czarny Kot was built arbitrarily – ordered the demolition of the building from the second floor upwards. Moreover, the justifications emphasized that the building’s location was in breach of technical and construction regulations. The Supreme Administrative Court issued a final judgment in mid-December 2018. At that time, a procedure was launched that was to lead to the demolition of the hotel from the second floor upwards. The demolition works started in December 2019 and ended four months later, in April.
Main photo source: Tomasz Zieliński / tvnwarszawa.pl