Myllypuro is a success story of urban revitalization
Over the last ten years the eastern Helsinki district of Myllypuro has experienced noticeable growth. The housing types have diversified and services expanded as a result of systematic development efforts.
“The diversification of housing types, including more housing alternatives for families, is an outcome of infill construction. The Wooden Myllypuro area is a good example of this. The area, also thanks to its predominantly wooden houses, expands the image of Myllypuro,” says Helsinki Mayor Anni Sinnemäki.
According to the latest growth estimate, the population of Myllypuro will grow by one quarter in the next ten years, that is, from the current 11,000 residents to approximately 14,500 residents by the end of 2026.
The Myllypuro campus of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, to be completed in 2018–2019, will add 6,000 students to the total. The Metropolia campus will be complemented by another campus for construction studies, which is also expected to attract international interest. The construction campus will educate professionals both at the university of applied sciences level and at the upper secondary school level.
“We naturally hope that the campuses will have a larger favourable effect on the local business and boost private investments,” Sinnemäki says.
For example, the Verkkokauppa.com retail chain has approached the City of Helsinki with a site reservation for a new outlet to be included in the Myllypuro city plan. The new building complex could be located in the Ring Road I and Myllypuro Metro station area.
Myllypuro offers services that are also used by people from outside the district. The Liikuntamylly sports hall as well as the other local sports halls and sports fields serve all Helsinki residents. The shopping centre, which was rebuilt a few years ago, and the new health station also serve the residents of the neighbouring districts.
Equal footing and welfare of districts stated in city strategy
Helsinki is committed to enabling an equal development and welfare of all city districts.
“Our goal is to make and maintain Helsinki a city in which all districts are dynamic and pleasing, and in which all residents take ownership of their districts,” Sinnemäki asserts.
She continues, “Helsinki invests in people, services and local development equally in all parts of the city. According to the city strategy, all Helsinki districts should offer the preconditions for good everyday life, functional transport and versatile local services, as well as providing good business conditions.”