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Prague 9, from an AGORA perspective

The former Odkolek bakery in Vysočany was one of the largest companies of its kind in the country in 1945. 700 employees worked on site. The complex was built in 1835. I t was used for its original purpose until 2001. In 2001, production ceased, and in 2005 the company Odkolek definitely left and sold to a private owner. The site is now owned by METROSTAV  DEVELOPMENT a. s

The area around Krocínka is a quiet location surrounded by greenery. Nearby of the area are parks with recreational use – Jetelka Park and a forest park with a chestnut alley in Nad Klíčovem street.

The two parks are connected by a greenery serving as a bio-corridor for wildlife. The location is very well served by public transport, which provides good connections to the center of Prague and the surrounding area. From the Vysočanská station it is possible to use the metro, tram or bus lines.

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More on Prague 9

The area of a pilot project Odkolek is situated along a railway. It is oriented east-southwest in the valley. The pilot project – Odkolek is situated in Vysočany which is
in Prague 9 district. Issue: The railway forms a barrier in the territory. It separates the Krocínka area from the UN Square and public transport stops, thus worsening their accessibility. In the past, the railway interrupted the so-called Královská třída, today’s Sokolovská Street, which originally continued on the route of today’s Pod Pekárnami and Nad Klíčovem streets.

Prague 9 - an anatomy

The project will have social, economical, infrastructural and cultural impact on local level and economical impact on regional level. Since 2017, the complex has been in the hands of Metrostav Development, which supports the connection of new architecture to the industrial past of the place. Their approach is generally considered very empathetic and progressive in the professional community and is also supported by aMunicipality P9.

Join us and take a walk through the neighborhood with the local AGORA team!

Utilizing potentials

The aim of the revitalization is to use the potential of the area, build on the industrial past of the place and bring life back to the area and open it to the public. Economically – creation of new services , increase of inhabitants in MP9.

Socially – civic amenities, activation of local communities, new kinder garden, creation of infrastructure;

Culturally – administrative building from famous Austrian architect with Czech origin – Hubert Gessner will be preserved.

The rest of the area is worthless and in a desolate state so Metrostav decided not to keep them. In 2006 the Ministry of Culture added the Odkolek bakery office building to the list of monuments.

Environmentally – creation of more green areas and two parks, accessibility of originally preserved and dangerous area.

Goals: accessibility and making the area a part of Vysočany

Today, the closed area forming a barrier in the area will become part of the Vysočany public space system. The whole territory will be accessible from all sides throughout. A west-east pedestrian connection will be created in the axis of the area, it will also be accessible in the north-south direction, which will enable better walking accessibility of the Krocínka district. The movement of car traffic around the complex will be minimized, and parking for residents will be located in the underground floors of the buildings.


Environmental goal: Creation of 2 new parks and greenery and a green bio-corridor. Another goal is to ensure  preservation of the current character of the area -the historical administrative building from H.Gessner will be preserved including an old chimney.

The Economical goa is to satisfy people’s demand for housing, decrease level of unused dry lands in area in the M9 district, and increase the standard of living

The strategy

Let's bake!

This might come across an odd strategy, but it is one befitting the historicity of the site. Prague 9 and the developer want to continue the industrial tradition of the place and preserve the genius loci in connection with the revitalization of Odkolek area. Fresh bread for the whole town was once baked in Prague 9 district. The Odkolek family, whose tradition is known to this day, was mainly responsible for this. The proposal is now preparing above-standard housing for inhabitants in the area that every citizen of Prague knew.

People can add it to their image. Here they can live exactly the way they want: everyone will find something for themselves in top spaces.

A young couple will appreciate a well-accessible smaller apartment, a large family will find a safe home here. further steps : flagship project organization of neighborhood on map meeting.

Zdenek Davidek tells us about the project and the process.

Let's talk facts!

Czech house prices continue to rise strongly, despite a coronavirus-induced economic recession.

The average price of apartments in the Czech Republic surged by 8.37% (4.9% inflation-adjusted) during the year to Q3 2020, after y-o-y rises of 7.75%

It continued to rise in Q2 of 2020, 8.6% in Q1 2020, 8.93% in Q4 2019 and 8.72% in Q3 2019, according to the country’s central bank Czech National Bank (CNB).

While demand remains robust thanks to low mortgage rates, residential construction fell last year, helping the surge in house prices.

The problems and challenges facing the project

The pilot project itself is facing below challenges:

● instability of the hill above the complex – the situation should be solved by strengthening the roadway of Pod Krocínkou Street

●  Challenging topography – the height difference between the western and eastern part of the area poses a challenge.

● The environmental burden – existing buildings contain asbestos elements, hazardous
asbestos would disappear if removed.

● Lack of a pedestrian crossing on the pedestrian shortcut.

● Local perception: the area is perceived as a dangerous and closed, impassable place

● Poor physical condition of the Ke Klíčovu road and crossing from Prosek

The Impact of the project for local actors.

Numerous benefits and impacts are projected with the successful completion of this project. The most notable ones include:

accessible area – originally preserved area will be accessible to a public
● greenery, creation of parks – sustainability
● safe place for living – a reduction of sociopathological phenomenon – people wont
feel endangered thanks to newly built residential area
● creation of infrastructure – bicycle railway, pavements, strengthening of surface of
street Pod Klíčovem
● parking lots will solve a problem with a limited parking places
● creation of civic amenities – it will satisfy peoples needs

Meet the Local Actors

Municipality Prague 9

The site is within the Prague 9 district and thanks to above
mentioned reasons in 4.1 the implementation of a revitalization is needed.

Metrostav

They play an essential role in developing the site,  construction work and realization.

Rezident park

The investor and funding provider.

Civic association

They are involved in the process with feedback and dialogue.

Prague city hall

Responsible for the spatial planning.