Renovation programme participants to receive housing in one and the same district

Renovation programme participants to receive housing in one and the same district
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
Between 15 May-15 June, people can vote on the Active Citizen website and at My Documents integrated government services centres to include their residential buildings in the renovation programme.

Residents of five-story buildings, covered by the renovation programme, will receive new flats in one and the same district, Sergei Sobyanin said in a live Moskva 24 television channel broadcast and on his Odnoklassniki (Classmates) social network account. “We guarantee that people covered by this programme will be relocated inside one and the same district,” he stressed.

Five-storey buildings will be replaced with new-generation monolithic and prefab equivalents. The new housing will be built stage by stage, with residents of nearby buildings scheduled for demolition moving to a new building, located close by. Other buildings will be assembled in place of the dismantled five-storey houses. “It turns out that most residents will not leave their respective residential areas and will stay where they are. This is how everything will be in most cases where this is technically possible. Therefore most tenants will receive housing in their respective districts and as close as possible to their current place of abode,” Mr Sobyanin explained.

A list of five-story buildings for those voting on the draft renovation programme is posted on the mos.ru website. The list includes 4,500 first-generation prefab and some other similar buildings with a population of about one million. “Five-storey buildings account for 90 percent of buildings due to be included in the programme. However, there are also some rundown two-four-storey buildings,” Mr. Sobyanin added.

The Moscow Government has been focusing on the state of buildings and the wishes of their tenants while compiling the programme. The document only lists rundown buildings, with most of their residents (as a rule, over 70 percent) wishing to join the programme. Pollsters phoned city residents in April this year to find out their opinion.

“What does a decision to include buildings on this list mean? It means that their residents can make a responsible decision and vote on including or not including them in the draft programme,” Mr. Sobyanin added. Between 15 May-15 June, people can vote on the Active Citizen website and at My Documents integrated government services centres. Administrators will count the votes under the supervision of the Moscow Civic Chamber.

“After obtaining and examining voting returns, we will include any specific building in the draft programme if we see that two-thirds of its residents support the programme and we will approve the programme after a federal law is passed on this issue,” he stressed.

There are around 3,500 buildings that are not included on the list. However, their residents can organise meetings of homeowners and submit a request to the Moscow Government and district council that would include their buildings in the programme. “If those involved in a meeting of homeowners make this official decision, we will study it most attentively and of course, we will try and include their building in the programme,” Mr. Sobyanin stressed.