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Vilnius Municipality signs resolution against Old Town reconstruction work

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Vilnius Old Town [Photo by: Saulius Žiūra]

On July 5 2016, Vilnius Municipality signed a resolution, which disallows the reconstruction of a number of old buildings in the city’s Old Town.

Some of the Old Town’s residents feared the construction work would spill over into a number of public spaces and squares, thus putting them at risk.

Following the July 5 council meeting, Councillors did not agree to the reconstruction of buildings on Vokiečių street, K.Sirvydas Square, Rūdninkų Square, Lazdynų Pelėdos Square, plus the square in front of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic.

“My position is clear,” said Vilnius Mayor, Remigijus Šimašius. “These are some of the most loved areas and green spaces by our residents and they must remain for them.

“The reconstruction of buildings and other similar decisions should not be taken without consulting the local community,” he concluded.

Vilnius Municipality feels that the restoration of old buildings does not always restore former historical value, and can sometimes have a detrimental effect.

The resolution means that Vilnius’ Old Town will remain as it is at present.