Court halts controversial real estate projects of Modrugan 1A and Ekwani 2-8 / Nikkor Dan accuses ISC of rescinding inspection reports that found irregularities

The court has suspended the two controversial real estate projects of Modrogan 1A and Icoanei 2-8, announced Monday, at a press conference, the mayor of the capital, Nikkor Dan. In the case of the real estate project located at 2-8 Ikoani Street, where a Spanish investor demolished 3 houses over a hundred years old and began building a 4-storey building, the court ruled that the building permit had expired, so it cannot. The mayor announced the continuation of its construction.

demolish tokens 2-8–Photo: Hotnews

In the case of the real estate project in Aleea Modrogan 1 A, where on a plot of the garden of the Filipescu-Brâncoveanu Palace, a historical monument PNL headquarters is located, the investor built 4-storey blocks, the court decided to suspend the building permit, the decision is final, announced Nikosur Dan. blocks already.

Both real estate projects were approved by Firea management in the last days of its tenure. HotNews.ro has written several times about these cases.

“Today’s conference is an occasion for two final decisions of the Bucharest Court of Appeal in which two consistent real estate speculations were suspended, which were approved by the Feria administration in the last days of its mandate. It is located around Modrogan 1 A and Icon 2-8,” announced Nicușor Dan.

Regarding the real estate project in Modrugan, the Bucharest Court of Appeal, with a final decision issued on July 8, suspended the implementation of the urban area plan to approve the project and the building permit until the trial of the cancellation process. The decision is final.

“With the approval of PUZ 2019 and the building permit approved on September 21, 2020, blocks of apartments have been approved in the palace garden. There are many reasons why placing blocks there is illegal, but the most egregious reason is that there is green space and that there is a clear ruling in The law says that you are not allowed to change the direction of the green spaces,” explained Nikkor Dan.

The mayor accuses the state institutions of doing nothing, despite being notified.

  • What is the behavior of the Roman state institutions? The Bucharest Environmental Protection Agency approved the urban scheme and permit, not seeing that there were green spaces there, as it had done hundreds of times before.
  • The Directorate of Culture, the local body of the Ministry of Culture, although it agreed twice and twice said that the preservation of the space around the palace is mandatory, did give approval to the blocks there. The Feria administration granted a building permit 6 days before the local elections,” said Nikkor Dan.

The mayor accuses the State Construction Inspectorate of canceling and canceling a report issued by the International Study Center in Bucharest, in which many irregularities were discovered, to proceed with the real estate project.

“It took the ISC a year to verify, though it was a steady and significant investment, about which he wrote in the press, and after checking and finding all the irregularities, which are now found by the Bucharest Court of Appeal, came this order, as of January ( January 2022, according to which the State Inspectorate of Construction, the national body, canceled, without any explanation, the local inspectorate order that found all irregularities, without giving any reason to rescind the control report and thus prevent the governor from exercising it since in January, it was the administrative procedure Which would have stopped this real estate speculation,” declared Nikkor Dan.

Regarding the real estate project on Icon 2-8, the mayor said that the court concluded that the building permit had expired.

  • “The Bucharest Court of Appeal found, with a final decision of 6 July, that there are no more permits for this investment, they have expired, and this department will not grant new permits for illegal construction, in contravention of the planning regulations. (…)
  • The urban planning regulations for this area say that it is a unique area at the international level, it is forbidden to merge plots of land and all interventions must be done plot by plot to preserve the peculiarities of the area.
  • Here, a demolition permit was issued for the four buildings and a construction permit was issued for a building on the four plots of land that had been reconsolidated, in violation of the clause that you are not allowed to combine the plots,” said Nikkor Dan.

And in this case, the mayor accuses the Romanian state authorities of doing nothing.

“What did the Romanian state institutions do? The Directorate of Culture also approved the demolition and construction despite agreeing to the regulation that the parcels were not allowed to be combined. The Feria administration issued the demolition permit on October 1, after the local elections and the building permit on October 27 The first, two days before the mandate was taken. This is how we explain why PSD General Counselors are trying to delay receipt of the mandate through appeals in court, so that the last guns that were ready can be signed,” stated Nikkor Dan.

Here, too, the mayor says that the bureau has canceled the report in which many violations of the law were discovered.

  • “I have notified the Diwan since March 2020, explicitly that it is related to the loss of some important elements of the urban heritage.
  • Despite these insistences, the SAI did not conduct legal examinations until December 2021, 9 months after it was notified and after the demolition occurred.
  • The District Attorney’s Office attached to District Court 2 had every reason to suspend the execution of the works until matters were clarified in the civil courts. He did not do so and allowed demolition and start of business.
  • Similar to Modrogan’s case, after the State Inspectorate of Local Construction came and found all the irregularities, and made a consistent report, the National State Inspectorate issued an order, without any motive, to cancel the order of the Local Inspectorate,” declared Nikkor Dan.

Where is the Romanian state?

  • “How can there be a Spanish investor working in the Zero Zone in Bucharest, for 6 months with building and demolition permits, illegal and expired, without any Romanian state institution, nor the State Inspectorate of Construction, nor the Governor, nor the Public Prosecutor’s Office, although Legally notify him, to do nothing.
  • Can a Romanian investor who goes to do this in the center of Madrid, do it, to work for six months with illegal and suspended permits?
  • It is a very serious question of how the city is developed and how we communicate with the central institutions,” said Nikkor Dan also.

The mayor says he will ask the court to rebuild the demolished buildings at Icon 2-8 and to return the green spaces in Mudrogan to their original condition.

Nikkor Dan also said that this is the latest twist in a highly speculative and harmful way of doing urban development in Bucharest, in violation of the public interest.

“I am very pleased that in this period we have had dozens of requests in which we have approved the Bucharest Historic District for correct and consistent urban developments, in accordance with what the central district of Bucharest means, which is our responsibility,” the mayor said.

About Modrogan 1 A

A few days before the elections on September 27, the Feria administration granted permission to build 3 blocks of 4 floors at Aleea Modrogan 1 A, in the garden of Villa Filipescu-Brâncoveanu, a historical landmark. The blocks were built in the courtyard of the villa where PNL is based, near Aviatorilor Boulevard, after a piece of the garden was dismantled and sold to a private RA-APPS. In the urban scheme of the Filipescu Conservation Area, also approved by the Capital City Hall, the villa appears with the maximum degree of protection, as well as the garden on which the construction will be built, conservation is mandatory.

villa Felipescu-Brancovino; Pictures of Agerpress

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This piece of the garden of the villa where PNL is based became private property after RA-APPS sold it in November 2014 for €4,433,800 excluding VAT.

At the end of 2019, the Bucharest City General Council approved the urban area plan for the real estate project. We remind you that Gabriela Feria and PSD had the majority.

The Filipescu division resulted from the subdivision of the Al. Filipescu property. The project was developed in 1912 by the Belgian architect O. van Rysselberghe. The project was associated with the new publication of Jianu Road (established in 1910) and with the Blanc subdivision, which was eventually created with The Filipescu plot project, the mayor’s office agreed to some simple building rules: uniform withdrawal from the street, the obligation to build isolated buildings (villas), the maximum height at the promenade (14 metres).Part of the buildings were erected between the two world wars.(… ) It is an aristocratic residential neighborhood, typical of the Western cultural choice of elites from the first half of the twentieth century. The values ​​​​of the architectural, urban, historical and natural environment as a whole. Allow interventions that preserve and enhance existing values”, as shown in the Urban Tech Plan of the Conservation Area.

Villa Filipescu-Brâncoveanu was built between 1908-1915 by Ion Filipescu-Vulpache’s son, Alexandru (1852-1916) according to the plans of architect Roger Bolomey. This residence, along with other estates, was inherited by Constantin Basarab Brancovino (1875-1967), a major landowner at the time, cousin of Alexandro Felipescu. In the 30s, Konstantin Basarab Brankovino pledged several bank loans with this property, which he could not repay on time, as a result of which the Capital Hall came into possession of the villa and the garden. Today the rental villa is used by PNL, it belongs to RA-APPS. PNL has expressed its intention to purchase the villa in 2013.

Brief on the real estate project from 2-8 Ekwani Street

The three 100-plus-year-old homes on 2-8 Equine Street, across from Central School, were demolished last fall, in November. Nicosur Dan tried to stop the demolition, claiming that the permit was issued illegally, but to no avail.

demolished buildings

On October 1, 2020, the Firea Department gave permission to demolish all homes located on 2-8 Icoanei Street, respectively, the house on the corner of Icoanei with Caragiale and the two adjacent houses on Icoanei Street.

On October 27, on the penultimate day of the assignment, the Firea administration granted a building permit for two buildings with the following height system: basement, ground floor, two storeys, and the third and fourth storey tow. The project has approval from the Directorate of Culture in Bucharest, issued on 24.09.2020. Decorative elements from the previous buildings with numbers 4-6 and 8 will be incorporated into the new facade.

The four plots have an area of ​​1874 square meters and were attached on October 4, 2019.

The recipient of the building permits is Homing Downtown SRL and the design firm Avangarde Art Design – Architect Georgeta Gabrea.

Icon 2-8 is part of two protected areas – the Icon and the Calderon.

The organization of the protected area of ​​​​the icon provides the maximum degree of protection: the values ​​\u200b\u200bof the architectural, urban, historical and natural environment as a whole are protected: the plot, the built box, the urban character and value; It allows for interventions that maintain and reinforce existing values.

The maximum allowable height is 10 metres, above the permissible height is accepted to achieve a single level (3 metres) retracting at 1.5 meters from the vertical plane of the facade. The height of the new buildings will not be able at the same time to exceed the height of the existing neighboring buildings by more than 3 meters.

The Calderon Conservation Area also enjoys the maximum degree of protection: it protects the values ​​of the architectural, urban, historical and natural environment as a whole: the built plot, character and urban value. It allows for interventions that maintain and reinforce existing values.

The maximum permissible height – 16 m, the minimum is 13 m. Above the permissible height, it is acceptable to achieve one level (3 m) setback 1.5 m from the vertical plane of the facade. The height of the new buildings will not be able at the same time to exceed the height of the existing neighboring buildings by more than 3 meters.

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