The reconstruction and upgrading of Obilićev venac public garage has begun
Belgrade City Mayor Siniša Mali attended the opening of the reconstruction and upgrading works on Obilićev venac public garage. The construction works are performed by the local company Millennium Team in cooperation with PMC Engineering and Termomont. Construction will take ten months, and citizens will get 220 extra spaces for parking. The event was also attended by Nela Mićović, Director of Belgrade City Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments
Belgrade City Mayor Siniša Mali attended the opening of the reconstruction and upgrading works on Obilićev venac public garage. The construction works are performed by the local company Millennium Team in cooperation with PMC Engineering and Termomont. Construction will take ten months, and citizens will get 220 extra spaces for parking. The event was also attended by Nela Mićović, Director of Belgrade City Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments.
According to Siniša Mali, the garage has not been invested in since four decades ago, when it was opened. Now, it will be completely reconstructed and it will get another two levels with 220 new parking spaces.
– In the next two months, we will start the transformation of Obilićev venac into a pedestrian tone, so that the spaces which we will lose there will be compensated here in the garage. Construction will take ten months, and the garage will have some novelties like electric car charger, as well as an elevator which people with disabilities can use – Mali announced.
He added that the City will not stop there, because there is also an upcoming reconstruction of the public garage on Zeleni venac and the one in Masarikova Street.
– Those are the things that we have to do because they have not been dealt with for years, and we want Belgrade residents and guests to have a place to park. In New Belgrade we will get about 570 new parking spaces we have identified 103 locations in blocks where we could make new parking spaces in the parts which are now ruined and completely unused. We are listening to the demands of the citizens and we intend to meet their needs whenever it is possible – the Mayor said, who reminded that a new sensor system has been placed on Vračar, where citizens can see whether there are any free parking spaces in a street with the help of info-signs, so that they do not have to drive around looking for a place to park, and this will be introduced in other municipalities as well.
Mali announced that in about ten days, a project for the new garage on Student’s Square will be completed and added that together with EBRD, paperwork is being prepared for a public-private partnership for five new garages in Belgrade – below Kosančićev venac, below Đeram market, in Kosovska Street, in Skerlićeva Street, and on the Republic Square.
– By doing so, we will create prerequisite that in three years we transform the entire city centre area into pedestrian zone, because there will be enough parking spaces in the underground garages for both Belgrade residents and guests – Mali said, and thanked Nela Mićović for her help to fit in the project of the garage reconstruction into the facades of the nearby buildings and to make sure that no building stands out from the others.
Andrija Čupković, Director of PC Parking Service, pointed out that Faculty of Civil Engineering performed an analysis which showed that, if the reconstruction of the three central buildings does not start in two years then they can be locked for good because they are completely unsafe.
- We are continuing the works on the garage in Masarikova Street, which will be completely reconstructed by the end of the year, and a completely new facade is being put on the garage on Zeleni venac. After all these construction works, I hope that citizens notice where the money they give for parking goes – Čupković said.