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Development plans unveiled for Apollo oil refinery site

Investment company J&T and Bratislava city leaders on June 16 unveiled development plans for the area of the country's capital that was the site of the Apollo oil refinery in the first half of the 20th century.

Investment company J&T and Bratislava city leaders on June 16 unveiled development plans for the area of the country's capital that was the site of the Apollo oil refinery in the first half of the 20th century.

Bordered by Pribinova, Košická, Bottova, and Čulenova streets, the 7.5-hectare area is divided into the Pribinova and Chalupkova zones. The Pribinova zone will house a project called Panorama City, which will be located near the Danube and Tower 115, according to J&T PR manager Denisa Serfelová. She added that the project would include two residential high-rise towers, a ten-storey hotel, two office buildings, an underground car park and a green square.

According to Tomáš Korček, deputy mayor for zoning development, Chalupkova still faces environmental threats from the Apollo refinery and its destruction. The city is responding by commissioning an urban study based on which it will contemplate related changes to a master plan that will also include high-rise buildings.

The Apollo refinery was destroyed by an Allied bombing raid on June 16, 1944, in which around 200 people were killed. The incident is commemorated by the bridge of the same name that was opened in 2005. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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