The Mayor of Vršac Čedomir Živković, the U.S. Ambassador Michael D. Kirby, and the President of the NALED Managing Board Vladan Atanasijević attended a ceremony to mark the completion of the First Phase in the Redevelopment of the “Former Army Club” Brownfield Site in Vršac.
During the past months, with U.S. Government and NALED support, this abandoned and unused building complex of the former Army Club has begun to be transformed into an inspirational space for the public and entrepreneurs to boost the municipality’s tourist and cultural offerings.
“The United States Government and NALED have chosen to support this project because we believe that renewed public spaces can completely change the landscape of cities and municipalities. Innovatively transformed locations have the potential to become landmarks, generate investments, and open new jobs,” said Ambassador Michael D. Kirby.
USAID and NALED have invested approximately $20,000 for the project’s initial reconstruction efforts. The Vršac municipality has provided access to water, electricity, the sewage system, and has also contributed to reconstruction works. USAID also organized a study visit to the Netherlands for ten municipality officials and representatives of local businesses to learn about best practices in brownfield redevelopment.
“Today we have made a big step for the former Army Club, by reconstructing this building and the whole area, this doing everything for it to be sustainable and to offer the best of what Vrsac has to offer to all citizens and visitors,” said Mayor Cedomir Zivkovic.
“Creative generator is a platform that we offer to entrepreneurs. With this reconstruction, we have opened the doors for Vrsac and the citizens to enjoy the culture, music and wine here,” said GABRIEL RAUL PENA, a renowned Dutch architect, who developed a business plan that will provide the framework and timeline for the completion of this revitalization project and its future use.
The development of the center will be carried out in phases, over the next few years, with the hopes of attracting investors that will become permanent tenants and develop projects that will encourage economic and cultural development. “We hope that this Brownfield redevelopment project will serve as a model for other towns and municipalities,” said Mr. Atanasijević.