Sea City in Cannes

Sea City areas were presented at the international investment fair in Cannes. The vice-president of Gdynia, together with representatives of 11 European cities, took part in discussions on the possibilities of waterfront development.

Every year, MIPIM – The World’s Leading Property Market attracts real estate representatives from all over the world. It is a great opportunity to present the city, its advantages and areas prepared for investments to entrepreneurs. Sea City is a very strong brand of Gdynia, which attracts investors’ interest due to its unique location.
This year, Gdynia, together with other 11 European cities with similar investment areas at the junction with water, took part in a debate devoted to “New opportunities in Europe’s Waterfront Cities”. Gdynia began a discussion of the second part of the panel attended by representatives of Hamburg, Liverpool, Lisbon, Newcastle, Rotterdam and Stockholm. Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, the vice-president of the city, presented Sea City investment areas the purpose of which is to be changed in order to create a new city district.

- We want to create a modern district, but, most of all, our goal is the city to remain a very friendly place to live, where people will be happy – said Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, the vice-president of Gdynia, during the debate.

The delegation of Gdynia also participated in the panel entitled “Urbanity: new rules for new cities” and in the debate entitled “Paying for the Waterfront”, devoted to the possibilities of financing key investments in coastal areas. They met with investors from the hotel industry and held talks with the Scottish Minister of Development and the representatives of the prestigious Urban Land Institute Europe.
Gdynia presented the investment possibilities of the city as part of a joint metropolitan position – Invest in Pomerania.


ULI Specialists on the Future of Gdynia

Urban Land Institute specialists inspected the area of Śródmieście Morskie and conducted two-day workshops where they discussed the best possible use for this land with local government officials. The result of the visit will be a report on the Sea City Transformation.

The experts visiting Gdynia included Tom Murphy, the legendary mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who was responsible for revitalising the industrial areas of the city which many considered a lost cause; prof. Greg Clark, a ULI specialist working with cities, businesses and institutions from all over the world; Angela Goodings representing TH Real Estate; and Lisette van Doorn – Chief ULI Executive for Europe.
During the first day of the workshops, the guests visited Śródmieście Morskie, learned about the value of its location and witnessed the newest investments. By organising the workshops, city authorities hoped to benefit from the opinions and experience of ULI experts who participated in revitalisation efforts for similar areas around the world.
– We have invited experts from around the world to discuss our reflections on transforming harbour areas and draw conclusions from similar processes conducted in other cities in the world. We wish to take advantage of our experts to shape the future of our city in the best possible way – says Wojciech Szczurek, the president of Gdynia.
The experts who shared their experiences in developing urban coastal areas included professionals from Belfast, Liferpool, Offenbach, and Meinz. Mr Murphy urged the local governments and investors not to fear ambitious undertakings going beyond one-dimensional projects.

- I believe you have a great chance to make the new developments a place where people would simply want to go. You have to be more ambitious with this project, not shy away from any proposals and instead look for opportunities to create something truly remarkable – Murphy said.

The two-day workshops will be concluded with a publication which will be a guideline for the local government and investors concerning the possibility of using Śródmieście Morskie with all its values, and developing it in a manner best suited for the needs of the citizens.
Urban Land Institute is an independent non-profit research and educational organisation with 30 000 members connected with the real estate market worldwide. The specialists willingly share their experiences and best practices, propagating the creation of a sustainable worldwide community.

Photo – Urząd Miasta Gdyni

Areas in the centre of Gdynia put up for sale

Nearly 6.2 ha of areas with access to the sea, after the Nauta Shiprepair Yard, have been put up for sale. Offers can be submitted until 26 February.

Such attractive investment areas are not a frequent opportunity. Due to their unique location, also the price can make your head spin. Potential investors have to expect an expenditure of at least PLN 90 million net. Today, at the Engineer Wenda’s Basin, there are warehouse, workshop, production and partly office buildings. The urban planners, however, earmarked the southern part of the area for residential and service purposes. The remaining area has been reserved for city-centre services or for purposes related to the functioning of the part. The immediate vicinity of port basins allows for the location of services in the scope of tourism, free time and recreation for the residents.

– The draft plan assumes that flats, hotels, offices and restaurants will be created in place of the Nauta Shipyard areas. It allows buildings up to 55-metre high. We estimate that about 400 apartments and 50,000 square metres of service area may be created here – says Marek Karzyński, director of the Gdynia City Spatial Planning Office. – The draft plan is ready, however, the City Council abstains from its adoption. If the Nauta plots were bought by the Port of Gdynia, the plan would need some alterations, as it assumes the development of city-centre area – the director adds.

The areas, which are called the Gdynia waterfront, have been waiting for an investor since 2012, when Nauta removed its production facilities from the location. Now, the areas are the centre of a new, nascent district – the Sea City.

- All over the world, land-sea boundary city areas are becoming real hearts. Either of an economic life or, if not used by the industry, of an attractive urban space. The major part of the area after the Nauta Shiprepair Yard is located on the development areas of the northern part of Gdynia city-centre – says Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, vice-president of Gdynia.

Awanport – white sail

Awanport – another excellent Sea City address. The apartments have been created with attention to every detail and convenience of use, and Internet users helped with the building finishing project.

A view of the works at 21 Żeromskiego Street is hidden behind an opaque fence. We, however, know that construction is underway. AB Inwestor announced the completion of construction for the spring of 2019.
Awanport is a prestigious investment with an area of approx. 7000 m2. The six-storey building contains 73 apartments with an area from 30 to 150 m2. On the last floor, there are penthouses with large terraces, from which there is a unique view of the sea. The ground floor will include commercial premises with an area from 30 to 500 m2.

The entire facility will be fully monitored, and a concierge will provide professional care and service for the building. The residents will be able to relax in the inner green courtyard. The building finishing project was designed in accordance with Internet users’ suggestions. The investor presented to the Internet users several finishing proposals and, according to their comments, completed the project.

Central Park for everyone

We know the winning concept of Central Park development. The city authorities have chosen an architectural and urban proposal of a park located between Piłsudskiego and Legionów streets prepared by the Arch-Deco office.

The Arch-Deco office has prepared the winning concept. The project responds to the needs reported by inhabitants during consultations. Gdynia citizens wished for a space in which they could rest, therefore the architects have reserved a lot of room for green areas. In the area of Tetmajera and Legionów streets, a relaxation zone will be created, where one can play the pétanque, or chess at special game tables, and relax on benches situated among greenery. The designers have also thought about dog owners and thus prepared a fenced paddock for them.
The Park will be a place for a small skatepark and a playground for children. There will also be space for concerts and festivities. A water reservoir has also been designed, which in winter is to function as a slide. A special track will be prepared for rollerskaters and joggers.
– The first impression is excellent. We approached the concept of the Central Park with clearly defined assumptions. We wanted the urban space to be enriched with a place that inhabitants would visit with pleasure. In the park, they are to take a break, relax in a way they like the most – drinking coffee or roller skating. Gdynia needs a space that is public, aesthetic and functional at the same time. At first glance, the presented concept meets these goals one hundred percent and blends into our vision of the city’s development. Today, we have taken a big step towards implementing the plans to make Gdynia a city even more open to inhabitants and more beautiful – says the President of Gdynia Wojciech Szczurek.
The estimated cost of the entire investment will be known following project implementation, but today it is estimated at approximately PLN 35 million. The Park should be completed by the end of 2020.

Anniversary of Marine Station

The Marine Station in Gdynia turned 84. Accompanied by jazz music and huge colourful animation, this historical building brought back its history as well as the history of hundreds of thousands of Poles who participated in creating it.

The modern building of the station was opened on 8th December 1933, and it was the place where the largest cruise ships started their journey. Poles departed from here to travel around the world. The biggest Polish ocean liners, such as iconic M.S. Batory, moored here. However, the address Polska Street No. 1 also has a sad chapter in its history. It was through here that many Poles left Poland fleeing the turmoil of war. This is why the Emigration Museum was erected here. Since 2014, through its wide cultural and educational activity, the Museum commemorates the history of Poland and the phenomenon of emigration experienced by numerous generations of Poles. It is a very current topic in the modern times too, which is evidenced by awards granted to the Museum for its exhibitions and the manner of presenting them.
Mariusz Waras, an artist from the Tricity, to celebrate the anniversary of the Marine Station in Gdynia has created an artistic visualisation commemorating its rich history. Thanks to animations, a huge ship entered the modern interiors of the Station. Artistic and visual experience was emphasised by the music performed by Monika Borzym, who presented jazz arrangements of songs from the repertoire of Joni Mitchell.


Photo Emigration Museum/ Ewelina Kamińska

Portova. White sail

The construction of a new housing estate in the Sea City – Portova, at the intersection of Węglowa, Wendy and Portowa streets, has begun.

The highest building will have 17 floors. From the windows of flats on the upper floors, one will see the unforgettable views of the sea and the Gdynia coast. The investor plans to build approx. 271 apartments. Commercial and service areas will be located on the ground floors of the buildings. Apartments themselves will be varied. The investor has designed apartments the size of which will satisfy everyone. The area of the premises in the building will be from 30 to 127 sq m.

Also the architectural outline has been very carefully adapted to the place where the building will be built. The architect of the housing estate, Jacek Droszcz from Studio Kwadrat, emphasized that the design works were preceded by a thorough urban and physiographic analysis of the entire investment area. The structure combines modernist elements of Gdynia with state-of-the-art solutions perfectly composing with the seaside space. – A new element, clearly distinctive in the area, is the designed landmark visible even from the distant perspective of Świętojańska Street. It is a conscious, city-forming action facilitating the sense of direction in the city structure. – adds architect Jacek Droszcz.
The investor ensures that residents can expect numerous attractions. The residents will have at their disposal, among other things, a fitness club with weight and circuit training room, a sauna, a billiard and TV room with an xbox, and a playground for children. A promenade will be located in the north side of the investment. The creators of the housing estate took care to organize a quiet space to relax. In addition to small private gardens, all residents will have access to spacious inner courtyards. The housing estate is also to have its own security and monitoring.
The investor of Portova is Invest Komfort, a real estate developer. The first stage is to be commissioned by the end of 2019. The entire investment is to be completed in December 2020.

New ferry terminal

A new ferry terminal is to be built at the end of the Polish Wharf. Port of Gdynia Authority (PGA) plans to start the construction works in the Spring of 2018. This year, PGA intends to prepare the site for investment and demolish the existing warehouses. The port wants to acquire new ferry carriers and conduct talks with several operators who would moor in Gdynia.

The ferry terminal in Gdynia will be located in an area directly adjacent to the old facility of Marine Station, listed in the register of historical monuments of the Pomerania Province. Ferry passengers arriving in the city would go directly to the center, which is an undoubted advantage of the terminal.

The PGA is planning to operate two-tier ferry transport at one ferry post and passenger traffic services. The passenger traffic will take place from the seaport passenger boarding bridge, connecting the terminal building with the ferry station. Sea ferries with the length of 175 to 245 meters will be allowed to use the terminal. In the area of about 7 hectares will be located parking spaces and platforms for public passenger transport, including: parking spaces for taxis, minibuses, coaches and buses of municipal and private transport, among others, Kiss&Ride parking.

The cost of building a new terminal is estimated at about 150 Million PLN. 60 percent of this amount is to be obtained from the EU funds. The Port Authority plans to complete the investment in 2.5 years.


Development of the Nauta neighbourhood

Until 27 November of this year, Gdynia residents are free to submit their comments on the design of the site development plan which includes the areas of Węglowa and Jerzy Waszyngton streets.


The site development plan includes an area of 10.36 ha. The southern part of the area is earmarked for residential and service purposes. The remaining area is reserved for urban services, economic administration, as well as services and utilities related to Port Gdynia operations.
The plan also anticipates a further development of the existing road infrastructure. Waszyngtona Street will be developed and extended all the way up to Nowa Węglowa Street, which will become the main transport thoroughfare. It will provide access to the developing areas of the northern part of the City Centre without additional stress on the existing road network. The railway line at the Port of Gdynia will also undergo an overhaul.
– The construction of new transport thoroughfares is not only intended to accelerate the development of the northern part of the Gdynia City Centre, but also to relieve the city centre of transit traffic headed for and from the port and the shipyard – stresses Marek Stępa, the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia.

The design of the site development plan has been opened to public inspection. It is available until the 13th November at the Observatory of Changes InfoBox (Świętojańska Street 30), or online at On the 23 October, a public debate took place on the main premises of the plan. The premises of the plan were discussed by the staff at the Office for Spatial Planning. Until 27 November, comments on the plan can be submitted to the Office for Spatial Planning of the City of Gdynia (Tadeusza Wendy Street 7/9, 81-341 Gdynia) together with your name (or name of the unit business entity), address of the person or entity submitting the comment and naming the premises the comment pertains to.

The most likely expected date for the Gdynia Councillors to give attention to the document prepared by the planners is the December session.

About Sea City in Munich

Sea City is present at the real estate and investment trade fair in Munich. Gdynia showcases the Sea City and participates in the discussion between representatives of 10 European coastal cities about the role and development of waterfronts.
Invest in Pomerania – it is under this motto that the Pomorze province promotes itself again at the trade fair in Munich (4-6 October 2017). A joint exhibition stall managed by the Pomorze Development Agency is staffed by representatives of Gdynia, Sopot, the Gdańsk Economic Development Agency, Pomeranian Special Economic Zone and the Rumia Invest Park. Gdynia presents a comprehensive investment opportunity in the city, which includes the prestigious Sea City neighbourhood.
Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, the Gdynia deputy mayor who attended the fair, explains how Gdynia attempts to build up its competitive advantage. – What begins to come into prominence are essential details such as a good quality of life. The elements that comprise it include clean air, access to cultural institutions, an efficient transport system and high quality education. Until recently these factors were left out of the real estate investment offers. Today these are the key components while searching for a location for a business and new developments. And what is important, we can guarantee them in Gdynia – adds the deputy mayor.

Expo Real in Munich is one of the largest real estate and investment trade fairs, and many consider it to be the most important meeting platform of the B2B kind in Europe.  On the 4th of October in Munich the deputy mayor of Gdynia participated in a prestigious meeting under the heading “Waterfront Cities Network Workshop”. Representatives from 10 European coastal cities – Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Glasgow, Goetheburg, Gdynia, Hamburg, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm discussed the development of modern waterfronts and the role they play within the urban space.