Istanbul land to be turned into green area despite reconstruction permit
Sefer Levent – ISTANBUL
A construction project on a 60-decare land in the Bakırköy district of Istanbul has been cancelled despite a reconstruction permit being granted, and the land will be converted into a recreational area for public use.
The news project is seen as a relief in the city in the face of rapidly spreading high-rise buildings and irregular urbanization.
A reconstruction permit was obtained for the land in 1991, which is in the possession of the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) and houses the historical Baruthane buildings in the Ataköy area of the Bakırköy district.
The project would have included seven blocs, each with a height of 70 meters, on the land, which also meets the sea.
TOKİ therefore cancelled the tender with a court ruling and now plans to convert the area into a recreational area for public.
“The reconstruction plan for this land was made in 1991 and the permit was issued in the same year. Despite the approvals from the Council of Monuments and Directorate General for Preservation of Natural Heritage, we cancelled the plan on the land, which is still in the possession of TOKİ,” Turan said.
He added that they had also shared their opinion on the land, which also houses historical buildings, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“Our president has expressed his full support for our project to open the land to public as a recreational area. We will soon realize the project with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality,” Turan said.
Turan also said people will be able to swim in the sea within three kilometers of the coast after the completion of the project.