Urban gardens could come to construction site in Riga

Mobile urban gardens could be created in the block of the demolished Sporta Pils, the owner of the block, Estonian "Rotermann Square" representative Kristīne Stabiņa told Latvian Radio on July 8.

Although the block, which has been surrounded by the construction fence for 12 years, has been subject to detailed planning and divided into six building units, the developers' initial intention has not yet been implemented. 

According to Stabiņa, there are a number of scenarios: attracting a partner; finding a large tenant that would make it easier to get financing for construction; selling property to an international investor; or simply waiting.

However, it is clear that in the next few years, active construction will not start on the block, so it is likely that the land could be passed on to the activists to set up temporary gardens this autumn.

"One of the ideas we have presented in the construction board: young people who have completed a master's degree in New York have come to me with the idea that, while we are making a potential architectural contest and a technical project, mobile urban gardens could be developed on these six units of land. It means that, while there is nothing, we are reviving this block in our own way."

"It would be publicly available, open territory until the implementation of the detailed plan is started. The owner has agreed to return the land free of charge for 2-3 years for the execution of these ideas. We have come to the board with a request to express our views. It hasn't been a month yet, we haven't received an answer yet," said Stabiņa.

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