Saturday, August 19, 2017

House on Chapeva St. may be demolished

A long legal struggle on Chapeva St. in the center of Yekaterinburg may result in houses built as early as 1937 being torn down.

The tenants of the buildings, known as the Stalin Project, were originally evicted and moved with all of their belongings, children, dogs and cats into separate housing in 2007 and 2008. They were told they would be moved back in once repairs were completed, but the repairs have yet to begin. In that time, homeless immigrant guest workers have moved into the miserably decaying buildings, Oblgazeta.ru reports.

In 2009, a developer wished to build on the old Stalin Project buildings and create a hotel complex. To prevent the homelessness of the residents, his company would build a 16 story building next to the hotel. The building project was not approved.

In 2010, a lawsuit was filed against the city alleging that inaction on the property was illegal. The court agreed with the claim and ordered city officials to come up with a plan to overhaul the long-suffering house. The tenants were evicted to live in other apartments, though construction still has yet to begin on the dilapidated building.

Eugene Arkhipov, the new district head of Yekaterinburg, has said he will take care of the house before the beginning of March. Meanwhile, a question of who owns the building has come up which has placed the demolition into question once again. The long-term project to remove inhabitants of Yekaterinburg from dilapidated housing by 2014 may eventually lead to the demolition of 66 houses, according to Oblgazeta.ru.