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Revitalization projects for Nowa Huta

The future of the eastern suburbs of Kraków and a unique opportunity for investors.

Nowa Huta, a district of Kraków, has become a strategic area for implementing revitalization programs on several thousand hectares in the eastern parts of the city and for creating investment zones and public utilities in the capital of Małopolska. City of Krakow, Marshal Office of the Małopolska Region and Małopolska Regional Office, as state authorities, have developed their plans for the district.

In the autumn of 2014, the Minister of the Treasury, following the initiative of the Governor of the Małopolska Region, signed the founding act of  state-owned company named "Nowe Centrum Administracyjne" (www.nca.malopolska.pl). NCA (the New Administrative Centre) was established for 10 years, and its aim is to restructure state assets. One of the most important tasks of the NCA is the revitalization of almost 300 ha of post-industrial areas in Kraków Nowa Huta and the implementation of a unique investment project called „nh2”. The aim of the project is to change the post-industrial areas in a modern district of Krakow with leading role of innovative technologies to create a "laboratory" for intelligent city and innovative economy. Funding for the project will be raised through the sale of state-owned real property - buildings and plots located in Małopolska. Obtained funds will allow NCA to finance many initiatives, including comprehensive renovation of historic buildings of the Administrative Centre, formerly used by the board of local steelworks.

Also in autumn 2014 (12.11.2014), another joint-stock company - "Kraków - Nowa Huta Przyszłości" (K-NHP) was established by the City of Krakow and Małopolska Region (Marshal Office). Action plan of K-NHP is based on the results of the architectural competition for broad revitalization and modernization of selected eastern areas of the city. Ultimately, the range of the plan covers almost 5500 hectares and assumes creating 30-40 thousand of new jobs.

Investment areas taken into account in the first place include:
•    Branice Science and Technology Park  (approx. 128 ha) located on the eastern side of the 'Mittal Steel' plant.
•    Logistics Centre – Economic Activity Zone (228.56 ha) located east of 'Mittal Steel' plant, north of Igołomska St., including railway areas and "Ruszcza" mine burrow,
•    Błonia 2.0 - Open Area for Large-Scale Cultural Events (approx. 37 ha),  area located in District XVIII, in the Vistula valley, within its floodplain. Borders: from north - below Deszczowa St., from west - along Suchy Jar canal, from south - closed by Branicka St., from east - Karaszewicza-Tokarzewskiego St.;
•    Przylasek Rusiecki – rest-and-recreation area with auxiliary services (191.65 ha), located also in District XVIII. Borders: from north - below Kąkolowa St and Tatarakowa St., through Rzepakowa St., up to Kraków-Tarnów railway line, from west - partly along Suchy Jar canal, form south - along the left-bank dike on the Vistula, from east - along Kraków-Tarnów railway line.

The development processes in project "Kraków - Nowa Huta Przyszłości" will be financed from European funds (mainly MROP 2014-2020) and own funds of the company founders. The cost of the program is estimated at PLN 2 billion.

Ultimately, the above-mentioned areas will be the place for industrial, commercial and public investments, recreational and sport areas, and facilities created for scientific, research, development and educational purposes. The company is currently developing programs for completing the infrastructure, land consolidation, defining their new purpose in the zone planning and for promoting investments in the area.

Potential investors are offered with new investment areas located in very attractive city (Kraków), good transport infrastructure and (what is the most important) availability of educated and qualified personnel. Investment projects located in areas managed by both companies will be supported by local authorities, both in terms of administrative arrangements and efforts to obtain the EU funds for 2014-2020.

More information is available on websites of the City of Krakow, Marshal Office of the Małopolska Region, "Nowe Centrum Administracyjne" and CeBiM.

7.04.2015