Gdynia – Polish City of the Future
During the real estate fair in Cannes, Gdynia was awarded a prestigious title of the Polish City of the Future in two categories – Economic Potential and Overall – among mid-sized cities. In seven other categories, Gdynia ranked close to the very top. The award was collected by Wojciech Szczurek, the Mayor of Gdynia.
The ranking, organised by fDi Intelligence and GIS Planning, where Gdynia was scored at the top of as many as seven categories, rewards the best foreign investment locations. These awards call the attention of investors from all over the world to the awarded city and its investment potential. Gdynia once again participated in MIPIM fair in Cannes together with Gdańsk, Sopot, Rumia and Pruszcz Gdańsk, sharing the Invest in Pomerania stand. Talking to a journalist from Rzeczpospolita, Mayor Szczerek revealed where his city was looking for new development opportunities.
“On one hand, we want to create new areas of the city’s economic development, on the other – to meet growing expectations,” Wojciech Szczurek, the Mayor of Gdynia, explained. “Poland still lacks many flats, and expectations are changing as well. There is a need for a more diversified offer in the housing market, both for the wealthiest people and for those who often add up the credit capacity of their family members and ambitiously want to make their dreams about a flat come true. We want to accommodate that, and so we build new districts in the city and look for investors for such projects. We want them to change our city with us,” Mayor Szczurek said.
During the fair, Gdynia promoted seaside areas of Sea City – a new district currently built in the city centre. On the second day of the fair, Gdynia organised a panel discussion dedicated to the subject of quayside development – “Waterfront Regeneration – Challenges and Opportunities”, conducted by Professor Greg Clark – an urbanist, author dealing with many questions related to city development and business investments, advisor and mentor of many urban agglomerations and companies around the world. Also, representatives of Rotterdam, Lisbon, Belfast and Gdynia shared their experiences in the field of waterfront design.
“This is our contribution to MIPIM, one we can propose as Waterfront Cities founding members. We consistently stake on the hotel industry. Gdynia still needs some more high standard hotels. The city has plots of land in unique locations, situated in the coastal belt – these areas will be the topic of discussions with key investors. Our participation in the fair allows us to present the development potential of Gdynia and to encourage international players to invest with us,” says Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia responsible for Economy.
Sea City will offer space for work, living and leisure. The purpose of such a wide offer is to prevent this area from becoming desolated in the afternoon and the evening. The first Sea City investment projects were put into use in 2015. On the waterfront of President’s Basin, as part of the Waterfront I project erected by the company Vastint Poland, Courtyard by Marriott hotel and an 11-storey office building were constructed. The Investor is already carrying out works related to the second stage of the development concept of, this time, the former Gemini complex. On the Fishing Pier Wharf, construction of the residential complex Yacht Park is in progress. Both its residents and other people living in Gdynia will be able to use a modern marina located nearby. In July 2019, Gdynia will host the Youth Sailing World Championship, and the marina is where almost 500 sailors from 76 countries will moor.