City Board approves additions to Helsinki Garden
The Helsinki City Board has approved additions to the planning reservation for the Helsinki Garden project with the provision that Helsinki Ice Hall should be integrated with the project.
Helsinki Garden is a privately funded real estate development project proposed for the Töölö district of Helsinki. Helsinki Garden would comprise various year-round operations serving Helsinki residents. The main operation would be an underground arena. The Helsinki Garden complex proposed to be built around the arena would include restaurants, accommodation services, fitness services and a grocery store.
Helsinki Ice Hall should be renovated and turned into a ball-sports and multi-use arena, and it should be able to support events held in the new main arena. The sale or other handover of the ice hall to the project is under discussion and will be determined separately.
The City Board requires that the necessary auxiliary structures to be placed in the area should be designed to comply with the local natural features and landscape as much as possible. Further planning and execution should minimize any disturbance caused by construction to local football activities and other users of the properties surrounding the site reserved for the project.
Furthermore, the City Board requests the City of Helsinki Sports Services to investigate the costs incurred by the City in the event that Helsinki Ice Hall and its practice hall are no longer available to the City and sports societies at the current rates.
The planning reservation for the Helsinki Garden project in the Eläintarha area of Töölö, granted to the Projekti GH Oy company, was approved in May 2015. The holder of the site reservation has drawn up both transport connections and underground structures on the basis of the winning proposal of an architectural competition for the project. As planning has proceeded, it has become evident that the borders of the reserved site should be re-evaluated in order to be able to proceed with town planning.
A proposal for an alteration to the site reservation decision has been prepared in cooperation with the owners of the surrounding properties, the users of the surrounding properties, the Jääkenttäsäätiö (ice hall) foundation, the Stadium Foundation and the HJK football club.