The Ministry of Culture approves the decision of Prague municipal authorities to let ECM company build high buildings in Prague – Pankrac. Many civic associations are against this intention. They are afraid that the buildings would destroy the integrity of the historical city center and would increase the number of cars in the area.
The strongest reservations are against two new high buildings of the City Epoque project. It’s a 30-store dwelling house with 150 apartments and a neighbouring 4-star hotel with 300 rooms. Each building will have its own parking place for 320 cars. The buildings will probably have been built by 2011 for 2,5 billion CZK.
Civic associations are not the only one who have some reservations. The World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO sent a letter to Prague to reconsider construction of high buildings in the historical city centre. Prague should also expect a visit of UNESCO inspectors who will examine the situation in Pankrac.