build other similar apartments. Preparations for the
completion of the southern bypass have also moved
significantly. The reconstruction of the winter stadium is
about to begin, and perhaps we will soon start building
an aqua park or demolishing Slezanka, a place where we
want to build apartment buildings and a multifunctional
cultural hall—which the city is lacking—and return the
historic center to dignity. In December, we will discuss
the purchase of the architecturally unique building of
the former Breda department store and find a new use
for this beautiful but dilapidated building that has been
empty for ten years.
What can the Opava Region offer to either Czech
or foreign investors and attract them to their
involvement in the development of this micro-region?
In my opinion, a lot. Many active and skilled people
live in Opava. We have a network of schools from
kindergartens to universities. We have great transport
connections, proximity to borders, highways and
international airports in our country and in Poland. To
do this, we have a clean environment, a rich cultural
life, a wide network of sports grounds, beautiful parks
designed for relaxation, and we are also preparing
affordable housing for young people and seniors. And,
of course, the close cooperation between the city
and entrepreneurs is a great advantage promoted, for
example, through an active chamber of commerce. We
also have their representatives in project teams.
What is the most important city of Opava in terms of
its strategic development in the coming years?
In my opinion, Opava is well on its way and should not
relax in the projects we are implementing or preparing.
We deal with public space, affordable housing and the
reconstruction of sports facilities. In my opinion, this is
the only way to stop the decline of the population in the
region and attract young, active citizens. I believe that
we will succeed.
Mr Mayor, thank you for the interview.
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