Mayor: University passageway might reopen to commerce

The commercial areas of the University Passageway (‘Pasajul Universitatii’) in Bucharest might reopen this summer, after they were put on tender twice last year, Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu said yesterday. The mayor identified two issues with these spaces. “The walkway slope sends rainwater down into the passageway, which damages the escalators’ motors, so we are fixing them now,” Oprescu explained, quoted by Agerpres. The same design flaw makes it possible for water to infiltrate, mainly to the areas destined to commerce. According to the mayor, the first bid to award these areas took the rent per square meter so high that the economic agents could not sustain it. This is why the Municipality canceled it and held another tender, whose winners will start operations when infiltrations are stopped.

Also yesterday, Mayor Oprescu said the Municipality wants to reorganize the administrative territory of Bucharest into fiscal zones, as it is normal for those who live in the center of the city to pay higher taxes than those on the outskirts. Yesterday, Oprescu met the mayors of the 6 Bucharest districts over their problems and the municipal projects developed in each district. At the end of the talks, he said that a topic was transferring the buildings constructed by the ANL to the private domain of the Bucharest Municipality, in view of selling them to their current tennants.

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