St. Petersburg Residents Support the Idea of Balanced Development for the City
Gallup International canvassed St. Petersburg residents, asking them how they think the city should develop. Nearly two-thirds said the city should combine and utilise its opportunities as a tourism and business centre.
The research was ordered by the St. Petersburg's Guild of Managers and Developers, and it showed that 65.2 percent of city residents support such a position. 23.8 percent believe St. Petersburg should be a museum city only, while 7.7 percent said the city should exclusively be a business centre. 58.1 percent believe modern-style buildings should only be built outside the historic centre, and 79.7 percent support new building in their district. Of this figure, 24.9 percent will accept new construction only if the height does not exceed that of existing surrounding buildings.
A total of 21 percent of city residents voiced opposition to all new construction. It is interesting that this figure differs significantly depending on the district where the survey was held. City centre residents were most likely to be against new construction, while those in outer-lying modern residential areas tended to support it. More than half of young people (ages 18 to 34) support new construction. In general, supporters of new construction tend to be supervisors of various levels, workers, students, and the unemployed --- basically, those people who see potential for themselves in new construction projects.
Anatoly Erkulov, ExpoForum JSC general director, remarked that, "Even though we didn't conduct a survey on this topic, we have spoken much to residents of the Pushkin district and we know they are positively disposed towards our new convention and exhibition centre, and see it as a boost to local development, especially to local employment. In addition, the project doesn't infringe on historical areas, and it meets zoning laws for height. Therefore, we have the support of even the most conservative members of society."
Russia's Justice Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister will meet with their European Commission colleagues in St. Petersburg on May 19 to discuss the possibility of abolishing travel visas, reported Interfax, citing a source in the Euro Commission.
Research conducted by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels shows that after a two-year decline the number of people visiting St. Petersburg is recovering faster than expected. The significant decline in hotel room prices, which was caused by greater competition, encouraged more tourists to visit the Northern Capital.
GUP Vodokanal St Petersburg approved plans to modernise the water and sewer infrastructure on the territory of the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The German company, K3 Planungsgeselschaft mbH & Co. KG, completed the concept and zoning system for dining facilities at a 225 room 4-star hotel that will be built on the territory of the future ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Inter-regional Department for Air Transport and Rescue in Northwest Russia signed off on ExpoForum's plans to build a convention and exhibition centre.
ExpoForum JSC joined the non-commercial organization, the Green Building Council, which seeks to foster and implement rules for ecologically-sound construction.