Saturday, August 19, 2017

Unfinished Yekaterinburg TV Tower will remain standing

Sverdlovsk Region Minister for Public Property Management Alexei Pyankov announced this week that Yekaterinburg's incomplete TV tower will not be pulled down because it meets the necessary safety requirements and does not jeopardize nearby buildings.

'We have an independent body of experts' report on the condition of this building. The tower meets the necessary safety requirements and is not a threat to the buildings surrounding it. This is why there is no need for dismantling it; what we do need to do is finish the tower and use it for some purpose,' Pyankov said, according to Ural Business Consulting.

There was a possibility that the unfinished tower, which was designed in the mid-1970s, would be used by the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network, but the company has decided instead to build a new broadcast tower.

There is also a possibility that the tower may be repurposed as a shopping center, observation deck or restaurant. Regional authorities are currently looking for investors.