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Run-down Copenhagen area to get huge facelift

The project is expected to be approved by the local citizens in May before construction can begin in earnest


The 800 million kroner Mjølnerparken investment plan is aimed at transforming the area into an attractive place to live (Photo: Wiki Commons: norden.org)

April 25, 2014
14:55

by CW


A significant 800 million kroner investment plan has been proposed to transform the Mjølnerparken area in the city’s Nørrebro district into an attractive place to live.

The project will be largely financed by the national building fund, Landsbyggefonden, which was granted 29 billion kroner to improve exposed residential areas in the nation between 2011 and 2016 and it is expected to be approved by the local citizens in May before construction can begin in earnest.

“The stairways are worn out and can’t be locked and many people want to change that,” Khadija Yusuf Haji Abdi, the deputy head of the Mjølnerparken area committee, told Berlingske newspaper.

“When they are on holiday there are a lot of burglaries because people can just enter the buildings.”

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More family friendly
Abdi went on to explain that the residents also don’t like the basement rooms because many are used for selling narcotics. Bullet holes and arson attempts have also been found there and criminals running from the police often hide in the open backyards of the buildings.

Among the changes to come, pending the vote, are renovations of the basements and stairways while some of the ground-floor apartments will be turned into shops, club spaces or laundromats.

Housing for youth will also be built and apartments will be expanded into larger and more family friendly homes. Furthermore, backyards will become more closed off and private.

The renovation project of Mjølnerparken, which was established in 1984-1987, was drawn up by KHS Architects, the company is behind the renovation of Vejlåparken in Ishøj.



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