Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New purpose for TV tower not yet defined

The Federal State Unitary Enterprise Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network decided not to use the old Yekaterinburg TV tower and will instead attempt to build a new broadcast tower.

RTRS considered using the old TV tower, but eventually decided to look for investors to construct a new facility. The station plans to build the new broadcast tower on Repin St., reports.

The new facility is expected to be 260 meters high at a cost of approximately $12.9 million.

The ultimate goal was to repurpose the old television tower. Ideas are on the table to turn the property into a shopping center, an observation deck or a shopping center with restaurants. Whatever is decided upon, regional authorities will seek investors, reports.

The tower was designed in the mid-1970s and was originally intended to transmit television and radio waves. Construction for the tower started in 1983 and was planned for completion by the end of 1984, IPI reports.

"If everything was done on time, Yekaterinburg, and then - Sverdlovsk, would have a unique structure," Yuri Novikov, the chairman of the Sverdlovsk executive committee, said, according to IPI. "The idea of building was wonderful. We were waiting for the erection of the tower. And initially it was a very well-funded, however, before rebuilding its volume and rate began to decrease. We even had to turn to the management of industrial enterprises to help us with the money to build. And in 1985, the funding ... stopped completely."

In August, the building was inspected to ensure that altering the tower would not endanger citizens of Yekaterinburg, according to IPI.