Tommorow's paneláky. Model of future Račianske myto flats.
Stavmal, a Slovak construction and investment company, is the principle investor and main supplier for the project. The building will stand right above a little rose park at Račianske myto, once a happy gathering ground for drunks at shaky kiosks that were levelled in 1997. Next to the building is the non-descript Pokrok shopping center, which holds computer, home appliance and food stores.
The area today contains a pleasant park full of diagonal tree-lined paths, playground equipment and wooden benches. Children run freely in the open space, and many people walk their dogs in the park.
This pleasant atmosphere is what people living in the area are most upset about losing. There have been bitter complaints lodged against the construction at the mayor's office in Nové Mesto.
Elderly people have complained the most vocally, according to the mayor's office. "They do not want to live in an area with construction going on around them," said Anton Pristas, Vice-mayor of Nové Mesto. "But they have to realize, just like everyone else who lives in Bratislava, that they are not living in quiet woods in the middle of nowhere, but in a city," Pristas said.
Protests slowly faded after negotiations began between the mayor's office and Stavmal. The construction, beginning this spring, will take 18 months to complete. The multi-functional building will have 72 apartments, with sizes ranging from a matchbox 39m2 to a spacious 138m2. Prices per square meter/year vary from 22,500 Sk to 23,500 Sk, plus six percent VAT. That puts the small 39m2 one room apartment in the one million Sk price range.
"It's not as small a flat as it looks like," Ľubomir Ficker, Stavmal director said bravely. "Regular one room flats that have been built are usually around 35 to 40 m2." There are 138 underground parking spaces planned, and 3,500 m2 of commercial space. "We have several banks interested in having branch offices here, as well as insurance companies, shops and a fitness center," said Ficker.
All of the flats less than 100m2 already have owners who have signed contracts with Stavmal. Construction is expected to cost several tens of millions of crowns.