The Restoration of Post-Mining
Ing. Radmila Kuzicová,
CEO at Asental Land, took over the real estate portfolio
of Asental Group in mid-2016. She had previously been
responsible for the real estate fund of qualified investors
in CPDP, and worked at Česká spořitelna (Czech Savings
Company) managing daughter companies and real estate
project financing. Her professional CV also includes
journalism and financial news reporting. Her family comes
from Vsetín in Wallachia, and nowadays she has homes
in Prague and Ostrava.
Asental company owns many interesting development
estates and brownfields in our region. How do you see
the prospects of the post-mining landscapes in business?
The land described as “post-mining landscape” is situated
among the towns of Karviná, Havířov, and Orlová, and
over half of its area is owned by our company. Such huge
tracts of land obviously have to be treated as a concept
in the sense of sociodemography and urban planning, which
is why we were eager to join POHO 2030, the concept
of the restoration of post-mining landscape initiated by the
Moravian-Silesian Government and related organizations.
After four years of continuous efforts, the Barbora industrial
zone, which we are preparing (the area of approximately
80ha), has gone through the final necessary urban planning
decisions and approval, so we may proceed to the next
phase of that project. We are negotiating with a few
businesses with a very interesting focus on contracting the
premises in the František industrial zone (approx. 50ha).
Smaller investors have already started project preparatory
work to build their own production and logistic premises
in the Dukla industrial zone.
In the next mid-term, we would consider a truly significant
success in the implementation of renewable energy
resourcing in the estates which (despite remodeling
in progress) will not be used for a few decades as building
lots, and are not suitable for agriculture or forestry.
One of the most attractive locations is the area
of Jindřich in the very centre of Ostrava. When can we
expect its revitalization?
The restoration of the former Hotel Jindřich has been
disputed for a decade, and it sure is a significant issue.
This summer, having optimized the previous development
project, we were granted the construction permit,
and have a better idea when the project will actually
be performed. The plan is to turn Jindřich into a highquality multifunctional office block with retail points
on the ground floor, and a separate residential extension
with thirty-six rental flats.
However, the construction itself will start when
negotiations with the major contractor of the office
section are finished. Jindřich is not the only office block in
our portfolio which we are preparing: we are developing
plans for Přívoz Office, a building with a capacity of
about 20,000m2 of office area, next to the Arena Moravia
Ostrava lacks residential flats, while you have the lots.
Are you planning the construction of residential blocks?
Yes, we know that Ostrava lacks good quality modern
homes, especially in the centre. We intend to build
residential homes in the direction of Poruba and other
calm parts of the city, near the natural green spaces.
For example, there is the Hájenka (Lodge) housing project
near the Ostrava Zoo, whose construction will begin
in early 2020. We are planning higher-end housing
estates in the unique isolated microlocation Hradní (at the
Castle) right on the hill of the Silesian Ostrava Castle, with
fantastic views of the city. We are also developing projects
for a few more locations to build houses and also
considering construction of homes for seniors.
What is your personal relation to Ostrava like?
I have lived here for three years which is not too long, and
most of my relationships are based on my professional
routine. I am very happy to develop projects which will
sooner or later mark the shape of Ostrava. I guess it is my
intuition to live and work with people of similar interests.
I have met many people enthusiastic about Ostrava and
the region who stayed or travelled elsewhere and are
happy to be back. With these people I see the greatest
efforts to get things moving.
Thank you for the interview.
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Asental Land, s.r.o.
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