Metro - Friday 27.2.2004
Jätkäsaari - new urban suburb for Helsinki from docklands area
Once harbour operations have been transferred east to Vuosaari, the
downtown area used by Helsinki's West Harbour will be freed for building a
pleasant seaside suburb in Jätkäsaari.
The new district will be the largest development project in the City of
Helsinki over the next decade. In the new suburb, housing and
commercial areas will be distinctly separated from green belt areas.
According to the preliminary city plan, park areas will comprise a
total of 19 hectares, more than 20% of the overall land-area under
To crown the whole, a 90-metre wide central park will stretch from the
southern end of the cape to near the Ruoholahti canal. After some earth
moving and soil preparation work, the highest spot in the area will be
12 m above sea level. Much of this land is already reclaimed from the sea.
- The residential buildings in Jätkäsaari will
accommodate as many as 15,000 inhabitants. Typical of the Helsinki
silhouette, the houses will be 5 to 7 storeys high. Apart from residential
housing, there will also be business premises, with workplaces projected for
The Jätkäsaari project was presented to the citizens of Helsinki on
Wednesday. According to the architects, the comments were mainly
positive. However, some residents expressed their concern over
increasing traffic jams in downtown Helsinki once the new suburb is
ready. The public transport in the suburb will be based on two new tram
lines, and the number of car parking places will be fewer than has been
normal in similar projects.
A draft of the new city plan will be submitted to the City Planning
Department on April 1. Provided that there are no delays, the
massive construction work is planned to begin at the turn of the years
2008 and 2009.
- Previously in HS International Edition:
- The population of Helsinki may grow to 600,000 (11.3.2000)
- City Planning Projects - West Harbour
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