Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Market at Žilinská saved, at least for next four years

The Old Town would like to obtain the plot on which the market stands.

A busy day at the Žilinská market. (Source: Sme)

The popular market at Žilinská street in the Old Town will remain in place for the next four years at least. The Old Town borough has agreed with the owner of the plot on which the market stands on its rental for the next four years, with an option to extend it for a following four years. The owner, Park-Dom Žilinská, originally wanted to build a block of apartments and a parking lot but for now, it has frozen its plans.

The market at Žilinská is the last authentic market place in the Old Town. It has been there for about 50 years. The Old Town wants to maintain it and considers rental of the plot to be only a temporary solution.

“The market’s plot must be in the hands of the borough or the city council,” said Old Town Mayor Radovan Števčík. “Only in this way will we ensure that the market will remain here.”

The city can obtain the land in two ways – either purchase it or exchange it for another plot. Števčík sees the second possibility as more likely. He is already planning to meet with Bratislava Mayor Ivo Nesrovnal to discuss the matter.

Števčík needs the approval of the Old Town’s councillors either for exchange of the plots or its purchase.

For now the Old Town will pay €12,000 annually for rental of the plot and €24,000 for the rental of 74 stands and 17 booths.

“I will do my utmost to salvage the market,” said Števčík. “Buildings can be built anywhere but it is not possible to create a market place with the same atmosphere on a fresh site.”

The existence of the market at Žilinská has been threatened by future construction for 20 years. In 2011, when plans became realistic, civic activists launched a petition for its preservation.

Topic: Bratislava


Top stories

Poll: Slovaks want to be at the core of the EU

Slovaks see the EU advantages of a higher living standard, a developed economy and the possibilities for self-realisation.

Government to attract people back from the UK

It expects that dozens of thousands of people may return, but experts have doubts about the plan.

Flags displayed on a tourist stall, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower containing the bell know as Big Ben, in London.

Slovak gets high-level job at Tesla

He will report directly to the company’s founder and head, Elon Musk.

Illustrative stock photo

The date of regional elections in Slovakia has been set

Under the new rules, the election will be completed in only one round, not in two rounds as before. This means that the candidate who receives the most votes will automatically be elected.

Election, illustrative stock photo