The announcement that factory halls of the former giant IMT will be demolished and blocks of apartments, such as blocks 45 or 70 in Novi Beograd, will be built in their place has attracted public attention. The plan is to build four to five housing districts of various sizes in which hundreds of thousands of residents will live.
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The following are the biggest housing projects that are planned to be implemented in Belgrade.
In terms of the land it covers, this should be the largest, because it would span 680 hectares, from the slope of Cukarica, on one side, all the way up to Železnik. In the part closest to the centre, i.e. close to the Čukarica junction, there would be a residential-commercial complex, while on the other side, close to the shunting station, there would be a business zone with warehouses. The plan envisages that the district will be divided into blocks.
More than 30,000 people could live in this area and the first subway line should be built here, connecting the new district to the city centre.
IMT (NOVI BEOGRAD)
The redevelopment of the land and the demolition of the former IMT warehouses would create the largest piece of construction land in Novi Beograd in the last fifty years. The space of the former industrial complex is almost equal to the area of blocks 45 or 70 combined.
According to the plans known to date, a housing district for about 20,000 people is expected to emerge here. The district will stretch along Tošin Bunar and Juri Gagarin Street, the commercial area along Omladinske Brigade Street, while the residential area would be in the middle of the block.
A few years ago, a plan for Block 18, conceived as a sort of twin brother of the Belgrade Waterfront development but on the other side of the Sava, was revealed to the public. The 48.6-hectare area is planned for the construction of a riverside residential-commercial complex almost identical to that of the Belgrade Waterfront, probably featuring several high towers.
However, there are currently about 500 family houses and workshops in this area, and this ambitious project, which would extend from the old fairgrounds to the Gazela Bridge, will depend largely on their displacement.
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