Burovs believes a potential location for Riga concert hall project could be where RTU building is located in Old Town

  • 2020-07-15
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The potential Riga concert hall project could be constructed on Kalku Street 1 in Riga's Old Town, where the Riga Technical University (RTU) building is currently located, former Riga Mayor Olegs Burovs (Honor to Serve Riga), who is also running in the emergency Riga elections, told LETA.

The politician believes that a modern concert hall is needed in Riga, but a discussion with professionals - architects and urban planners - is needed about its location.

"The building and land owned by the municipality at Kalku Street 1, which is currently rented out to RTU, would, in my opinion, be a good place for a potential concert hall, and I would like to hear the views of experts on this proposal," said Burovs.

Currently, the municipality rents the building out to RTU for a symbolic price - one euro per year.

"This location fits the concert hall project in several respects. First, there is a large enough plot of land owned by the municipality. The building at Kalku Street 1 was built in 1959, is owned by the municipality and does not have the status of an architectural monument. According to the spatial plan, it is also possible to build a parking lot,'' he said.

The RTU building on Kalku Iela 1 in Old Town Riga was constructed in 1959.

As reported, the National Concert Hall project will be developed at 2 Elizabetes Street in Riga, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins announced in June.

The National Concert Hall will be developed on the site of the World Trade Center building, which will be torn down.

Meanwhile, a group of about 20 architects have turned to the State Inspection for Heritage Protection to grant the Soviet-era World Trade Center building status as a cultural landmark.