Monday, June 26, 2017 - 08:25

New plan proposal for Östersundom moves to decision-making

A new plan proposal has been prepared for Östersundom. The proposal integrates growth with nature, focusing on both nature conservation and planning economy.

The plan proposal has changed a great deal from the proposal that was on display in the spring of 2015. Several alternatives for the course of the metro line and for land use have been considered, and the new plan proposes a straight course for the metro line.

Salmenkallio and the related Talosaari and Ribbingö areas are marked in the plan as an area for further investigation where land use questions will be solved later with a separate, segmental land use plan. The proposed Salmenkallio metro station has been removed from the new plan.

Development has been intensified especially at metro stations and on the main streets. Total population is estimated to be 80,000–100,000. The main construction activity is expected to take place in the 2030s–2040s.

“The share of apartment-building dominated construction has grown especially around metro stations. Urban housing areas with other types of housing – single-family, semi-detached, town and row houses – still represent about half of all building construction,” explains Ilkka Laine, the manager of the Östersundom planning unit.

The plan has been changed in the Länsisalmi area at the Helsinki-Vantaa border in that the green connection between Mustavuori and Sipoonkorpi and the cultural landscape surrounding the Westerkulla Manor would form a large consistent section.

According to a Natura evaluation, the new proposal does not cause significant harm to habitats and bird species protected by the Natura network of nature conservation sites.

According to economic calculations, the plan proposal has developed favourably. The economic impact of the plan has also been evaluated from the perspectives of residents, enterprises, municipal economy and the Helsinki region.

“Östersundom planners have found a solution that meets the needs of regional growth, and the plan isn’t in conflict with nature conservation goals. The new proposal is also more advantageous in terms of the city economy,” says Mikko Aho, Director of the Helsinki City Environment Sector.

Of the three alternative sites for earth materials processing, the plan proposes the Hältingberget area, which is located at the Landbo interchange. The choice is based on an environmental impact assessment and an evaluation of technical and economic factors.

The Östersundom committee will debate the new land-use plan proposal at its meeting on 26 June 2017. According to the meeting agenda, the committee will request statements on the plan proposal from Helsinki, Vantaa and Sipoo. The proposal will be debated by municipal bodies of elected officials in August–September. The committee will also request a statement on the plan proposal from the Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre).

In the event that the municipalities favour the plan proposal, the committee will put it on display in late 2017. Changes can still be made to the plan on the basis of the statements before the plan is put on display. The display will be complemented with presentations, and comments on the plan can be submitted.

The Östersundom committee is a joint body of the municipalities. The committee is responsible for the plan preparation and will decide on the approval of the proposal. The requirement for approval is decisions by city councils favouring approval. The objective is to have the plan approved during 2018.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 14:53

Helsinki Pioneers Smart City Solutions in mySMARTLife Project

Helsinki along with two other European Lighthouse cities have reached a three-year implementation stage in the mySMARTLife project 2016–2021 to cut energy use by 10–20 percent in the project’s target areas. The cuts will be realized with commercial-scale smart solutions for buildings, mobility and urban infrastructure. Helsinki’s plans include an autonomous bus line for regular service and offering data produced by new technologies as open data.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 13:40

Oil Silo 468 light artwork is again open to the public

The Oil Silo 468 light artwork welcomes visitors once again. The artwork is built into an old silo of a former oil terminal in the eastern Helsinki district of Kruunuvuorenranta.

Oil Silo 468 is open to the public as follows:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 11:58

Itäväylä and Hermannin rantatie to return to their former routes at Kalasatama

Itäväylä and Hermannin rantatie to return to their former routes at Kalasatama

The Itäväylä highway, which has been temporarily rerouted due to construction work on the Kalasatama Centre, namely REDI, will be restored in stages to its former route from 9 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 August 2017. Hermannin rantatie will also be opened to traffic from 1 September 2017.

Vehicle traffic will return to the straightened Itäväylä in the following stages:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 07:59

Metropolia campus to reshape Myllypuro

The Myllypuro campus of Metropolia, Finland’s largest university of applied sciences, is under construction to be completed in 2018–2019.

The foundation stone of the Myllypuro campus of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences was laid in the autumn of 2016. Currently the foundations of a cover for the metro deck are under construction – part of the campus is built on metro train tracks. The work is largely carried out at nighttime in order not to disrupt metro service.