Next year the city will start overhauling a 60-plus hectare territory around Kievsky Railway Station. The Kievskaya, Bryanskaya and Mozhaisky Val streets, 2nd Bryansky Pereulok and Kievsky Railway Station Square will be improved during the first stage. Its second stage, due to start in 2020-2021, will include Ukrainsky Boulevard, Kutuzovsky Prospekt, the Tarasa Shevchenko and Berezhkovskaya embankments, as well as Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya and Smolenskaya streets. City residents shared their opinions during the first public hearing on the improvement project.
“Today, this district mostly fulfils business and transit functions. The infrastructure around Kievsky Railway Station is primarily designed for riders and employees of nearby business centres. Of course, there are very few park and recreation areas in public gardens and along embankments. During public hearings, people noted a shortage of trees and shrubs, comfortable benches, dustbins and modern lamps in the district,” sources at the press service of the Moscow’s Department for Major Housing Repairs noted.
While meeting with the improvement concept’s creators, city residents called for overhauling traffic on Kievsky Railway Station Square and the entire transport situation in the Dorogomilovo District.
“Those at the public hearings also mentioned the need for convenient and safe pavements (sidewalks), and asked the authorities to plant additional trees and shrubs on streets and in public gardens. They also requested a dry-deck fountain for a public garden near Kievsky Railway Station. We’ll keep their requests in mind because it’s our goal to make the district more people-friendly for local residents and office workers,” press service officials added.
According to the concept’s designers, the improved area will link Dorogomilovo District with Vorobyovskaya Embankment, Gorky Park and Neskuchny Garden, as well as other popular park and recreation areas in central Moscow. During the second public hearing, the public will learn about the new improvement programme that will include their requests.
Anyone can post city improvement concepts on the “Mayor, I Have an Idea” section of the Our City website that opened in May this year. The city has received 4,500 proposals this summer. Earlier, people could only access the website’s “Mayor, I Have a Problem” section where users report various unresolved issues, including dirty residential-building entrances, transport problems, etc. People can post proposals on the improvement of courtyards, vacant lots, pedestrian zones and parks, traffic management, and social sector development on the “Mayor, I Have an Idea” section.