Listed Estonian realtor Pro Kapital Grupp, which is developing the Kalaranna area in North Tallinn, said that the fear of the Kalasadam fishing port becoming nothing more than a pond is unfounded, and the port will be preserved, Baltic News Service reports.
"The basin of the fishing port is separated from the sea by a temporary dam, which facilitated lowering the water level, to carry out construction and renovation work more efficiently. The temporary dam will be completely removed after the work is completed. The entry channel will not be any narrower," the company said, according to BNS, citing an article in daily Postimees.
As reported on ERR News, the basin was pumped dry in late April, to allow the €50-million development work to go ahead.
"The earlier, partly collapsed quay was not aligned, meaning the entry channel will not become narrower - and the width of the entry channel has not prevented the use of the port in the past," representatives of the company went on, adding that they were bemused about the fears in the first place.
"It is a bit surprising that local residents are now worried about the port being preserved. During the course of the detailed plan procedure, the main opposition was to the planning of the port and, if we recall, the port was taken out of the Kalarand detailed plan. Pro Kapital affirms that our goal is to tidy up the area, and not to eliminate the port," the company added.
Tallinn Deputy Mayor Andrei Novikov (Center) says that the city is certainly interested in preserving the port, adding that during the planning process, the aim had been to create a seafront promenade and tidy up the port basin area in any case.
Novikov said he believes that the hub to be created there will allow enjoyment of the sea promenade in along a stretch from Noblessner, in North Tallinn to the Russalka monument in Kadriorg, at least an hour's walk away.
Editor: Andrew Whyte