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1,800 uninhabited houses in Athens to be demolished

24 August 2014 / 22:08:31  GRReporter
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Over 1,800 abandoned and destroyed houses in Athens are the focus of the Ministry of Environment, which in cooperation with the municipality of the capital will begin operations in September for their demolition.

According to the Ethnos newspaper, recently the Ministry and the municipality have been working together in order to establish the exact number of buildings that need to be demolished, and how many of them can be saved, while at the same time creating an appropriate institutional framework that will allow them to do so. As a senior official of the Ministry of Environment says for the newspaper, it is considered that about 500 buildings can be saved that will eventually be converted into offices, company premises and other types of public building.

Moreover, according to the same source, the demolition of buildings may not be complete, but only partial, as during the first stage houses surrounding squares will be demolished, so that the reconstruction and the improvement of the area to be considered better.

In furtherance of the objectives set, a program is planned similar to those applied in tourist areas such as Vizitsa and Pelion, where the state took over the rehabilitation and reconstruction of villages and after a certain period of operation of the properties returned them to their owners.

Most of the houses to be demolished are concentrated near Metaksurgio-Keramiku-Psiry and Koumoundourou, and there are also many scattered across the city, for example in Patisiya, Agios Panteleimonas, Kolonos and Exarcheia.

The Minister of Environment explained: "Our aim is, by concrete actions and in cooperation with the Municipality in Athens, to reorganize and refine these areas, or, by providing the possibility of choice for the demolition of the abandoned buildings, to create free-access public spaces, so as to deal with outbreaks of contamination and abandonment".

Tags: abandoned houses demolition municipality of Athens Ministry of Environment
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