Sergei Sobyanin: City renovation programme participants who want to continue living in the same area are guaranteed they can do so

Sergei Sobyanin: City renovation programme participants who want to continue living in the same area are guaranteed they can do so
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
Modern individually designed residential buildings are to be built for residents of rundown five-storey buildings, due to be demolished. The voting on which houses will be included on the programme list starts in mid-May.

In all districts of old Moscow there are sites planned for the construction of new buildings under the renovation programme, said Sergei Sobyanin at a meeting with residents in the Moscow House of Public Organisations.

“Today, there are future construction sites in all districts of old Moscow. We guarantee citizens who would like to continue living in the same district that they will be allowed to stay there. That’s why an amendment is made for the second reading of the law, which will read that citizens are to receive housing in the same district where they live, unless they wish to relocate. Sometimes neighbouring buildings are located in different districts, and another district is only a street away. It is more convenient to move to a neighbouring house, which is located next to the old house, even though it belongs to another district,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

On 20 April, the State Duma almost unanimously passed in the first reading a draft law on housing renovation. The new federal law guarantees due fulfilment of obligations. The current regulations do not imply to the demolition of the rundown buildings (like five-storey buildings), only demolition of buildings in disrepair. Besides this, over the last few years a number of standards were approved which are out of step with the Moscow city five-storey building demolition project law. To solve these problems, an additional piece of legislation is to be passed.

New buildings for the programme participants will be constructed under modern projects, and flats will have a high-quality finish. Most of the houses are to be erected under individual architectural designs, the Moscow Mayor added.

“Most of the buildings will be constructed under individual architectural designs. There are a few  reasons why: first of all, the future districts must be beautiful and secondly, it is technically problematic to build new standard blocks of flats into an existing area as we have to adjust to it, though standard houses are likely to be erected where possible as well,” Sergei Sobyanin noted. “New projects allow construction of multi-level buildings of different configuration and with a different number of floors.”

The programme will include only those buildings whose residents will agree to relocate. Currently, Muscovites can obtain all they want to know at the housing renovation programme information desks, which are open all over the city.

Starting 12 April, residents of 8,875 five-storey buildings have been interviewed by phone. The results of the survey will be taken into consideration when compiling a preliminary list of the houses which will be a part of the programme. The compilation of the renovation project list will be finalised after the residents of rundown five-storey buildings have voted on relocation. The voting is to be organised on the Active Citizen website and in the social services centres Moi dokumenty. According to Sergei Sobyanin, the voting will start on 15 May.

To make voting open and transparent, its participants will be identified in the Active Citizen system in compliance with the standards of the social services portal. Users are to undergo a triple check: they have to enter their surname, name and patronymic name, year of birth, passport number, and personal pension account number (SNILS).

Sergei Sobyanin also announced that the launch of the housing renovation programme will be at the city’s expense. “Investors are likely to be attracted but at further stages, on free construction sites. At the beginning, so that the project gains momentum, it will be financed from the city’s budget. This will help avoid situations when a project is allocated to an investor and, for some reason, the latter fails to complete it,” the Moscow Mayor said.