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The project to regenerate part of Nicosia’s Taht-el-Kale quarter is being carried out by the municipality of Nicosia. It is located in the south-eastern part of the walled city of Nicosia, an area with long-lasting problems of deprivation and abandonment, exacerbated by its proximity to the buffer zone cspseseparating the island in two. The project aims to ameliorate the quality of life and stimulate economic development, in relation to a number of other social and physical projects implemented in the area.

Executive summary

The project to regenerate part of Nicosia’s Taht-el-Kale quarter is being carried out by the municipality of Nicosia, with ERDF support under the OP ‘Sustainable development and Competitiveness 2007-2013’. It is located in the south-eastern part of the walled city of Nicosia, an area with long-lasting problems of deprivation and abandonment, exacerbated by its proximity to the buffer zone which runs from east to west and divides the walled city, as well as the whole island, in two. Taht-el-Kale quarter is one of the traditional neighbourhoods within the walled city of Nicosia which is designated under national law as an ‘Area of Special Character’ and is of great historical and architectural importance for the metropolitan Nicosia area.

The project consists of physical rehabilitation works (upgrading of public spaces, roads, public utility services infrastructure and restoration of façades), so as to improve the quality of life for inhabitants and visitors and stimulate economic activity. It is part of the wider sustainable integrated regeneration strategy for the area and is implemented in relation to a number of social and cultural projects within the framework of the Nicosia Master Plan. In addition, the project works in conjunction with soft actions targeting vulnerable groups living in the area and small enterprises. The overall total cost of the project is €7 million.

The project is being implemented in three phases starting in 2007 and is expected to finish in July 2013. In total 8 000 sq m of roads and 4 500 sq m of pavements will be upgraded, and 150 façades will be restored in accordance with the restoration regulations in force. The project promotes the significance of public space, and is expected to have a multiplier effect, by enhancing the confidence of the private sector to invest in the area, as well as by consolidating the appreciation of local residents for their neighbourhood and thus motivating their further involvement in processes of urban development.

Emphasis has been placed on ameliorating the image and functionality of public space. This is expected to attract new active residents and small businesses. The restoration of façades of privately owned buildings is conceived as a trigger that will motivate the owners to continue the restoration with their own means, supported by the substantial governmental incentives and subsidies for listed buildings.

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Technical information

Member State and Region

Cyprus - Nicosia Region – Nicosia

Duration of project

79 months (01.2007 – 07.2013)

Funding

Total Budget: 7 037 054 € - ERDF contribution: 5 981 496 €

Cohesion Policy Objective

Competitiveness

Managing Authority

Planning Bureau – Directorate of Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund

CCI nr of OP

2007CY16UPO001

Contact

Athina Papadopoulou, Head of the Office of the Nicosia Common Master Plan

Tel: +357 22 797 542

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Keywords

Urban renewal, disadvantaged neighbourhoods

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