Friday, December 9, 2016 - 08:28

Diverse temporary uses planned for Malmi airport

The Malmi airport will serve Helsinki as a venue for diverse events in the next few years after the closure of aviation activities at the airport and before the redevelopment of the area begins. The area freed from aviation is tens of hectares, which the city will lease either fully or in parts for diverse uses.

Information on the area’s temporary uses and on leasing space in the area is compiled on the Helsinki New Horizons website (page in Finnish).

Temporary aviation activities planned for three years

The Malmi airport will be transferred to the ownership of the City of Helsinki on 1 January 2017, when the Finnish airport operator Finavia closes its management of the Malmi airport. Non-professional and recreational aviation may continue at Malmi side by side with other temporary uses if a plan to that effect presented by the Malmi airport society (Malmin lentokenttäyhdistys) is approved.

The City of Helsinki Real Estate Committee has decided to lease an area of about 40 hectares in the western section of the airport to the Malmi airport society for uncontrolled aviation activities. That lease would expire on 31 December 2019.

The leased area would be situated in the vicinity of a north-south runway. The area could be used as a non-towered airport, that is, an airport with no air-traffic control unit, on the condition that the airport society is granted the necessary permits by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi and the environmental authority. If the lease agreement is signed, the airport society would be an independent aviation operator.

Homes for 25,000 people

Helsinki’s new long-term land use plan designates the Malmi airport area as the main new area in the city to be developed for housing. According to plan, the area will be zoned for 25,000 residents, and construction will take place in 2020–2040.

The City of Helsinki Real Estate Committee will decide in the near future on a more detailed plan for the area to serve as a planning guideline. According to the proposal, the airport area will be planned for a high-quality residential area that will link together all parts of northeastern Helsinki. The area will be planned with respect to history. The airport building, the hangar and their immediate vicinity will be preserved, and the designs for the area’s parks will honour the airport’s runways.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 09:22

Children of Laajasalo to have a new day care centre

The southeastern early-education district of Helsinki will have more space for the needs of day care and early education. A new day care centre to replace Day Care Centre Yliskylä being built at Köökarinpolku 1 will provide day care to 232 children a bit more than a year from now.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 08:08

Tram network expanded and renovated in summer

Helsinki tram routes will be expanded and older tracks renovated during the summer and autumn of 2017 for the needs of a new tram network to be launched in August. Track work will proceed at about 20 sites.

The new tram network will have 2.8 kilometres of new tracks. The main track work sites will be located on the streets of Välimerenkatu and Reijolankatu.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:34

Helsinki residents’ sense of security has not weakened

Helsinki residents’ sense of security in everyday life has not deteriorated. This is a general conclusion of the latest Helsinki Safety Survey, the responses to which were collected at the turn of the year 2015-16. Perceived security in people’s own neighbourhoods and in central Inner Helsinki rose steadily in the years 2003-2012. Since then, the situation has not changed. Yet there are large differences between Helsinki districts in terms of perceived unsafety, particularly during weekend evenings.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 07:46

Brochure on Helsinki’s new city plan

The new city plan of Helsinki is presented in a newly published brochure in a concise manner. The Helsinki City Plan brochure explains to readers the key concepts and solutions of the city plan, such as increasing density, the expansion of the inner city to “city boulevards” and the development of the rail network for public transport in Helsinki.