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General Mayor promises Historical Centre ready by Christmas

The first six streets in the historical centre of Bucharest will be ready by Christmas, the general mayor of the Capital, Sorin Oprescu, stated, for “Gandul”. In his turn, the director general of the Bucharest City Hall Infrastructure Direction, Madalin Dumitru, explained, for the same source, what the six streets in question were: Lipscani, Smardan, Tonitza, Filitti, Zarafi and Sfantul Dumitru. “As regards Sfantul Dumitru Street, though, I’m not so sure. There are some archaeology issues here. As of Thursday (e.n. yesterday), there’ll be a lot of activity on these six streets,” Dumitru stated. Bucharest City Hall announced the rehabilitation of the historical centre would proceed in three stages. The first stage presupposes the rehabilitation of the underlying infrastructure in the area delimited by Calea Victoriei, the I.C. Bratianu boulevard, Splaiul Independentei and Lipscani. The second stage consists in the consolidation and restoration of 14 buildings, while the third will include the conservation, protection and revitalization of the “Old Princely Court” area and its transformation into a museum complex. 2010 saw a surge in interest in this area of Bucharest. In 2008, there were about 30 pubs and restaurants in the historical centre, but, between 2009 and 2010, their numbers rose to over 100 such units, which may cater, daily, to about 14,000 clients. “We’ve let open-air restaurants flourish there to encourage competition. And there is plenty of it now. The façades of buildings were restored. At the end of my first term in office, I will be able to say mission accomplished as regards the Historical Centre,” Oprescu stated. Exclusively as far as business is concerned, the Historical Centre became a pole of prosperity for entrepreneurs in the Capital. It generates, at present, businesses worth approximately EUR 150 M, according to “Business Magazin”.

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