SOCHI, February 14 (Itar-Tass) — Sochi architects offer to move the business centre of the resort city to yet undeveloped land plots, and leave the historic centre for tourists, architect Leonid Zvukov told Tass.
He said “the new transport infrastructure being built for the Olympic Games will make it possible to move the business centre” to the right bank of the Sochi River. “New neighborhoods could be built there as well, at the distance of two kilometers from the coast line,” the specialist added.
According to the architect, who is one of the authors of the idea, a new approach to planning city infrastructure as well as the developing road network and new road junctions will make it possible to preserve historic buildings in the centre of the city, and even make some of the streets pedestrian zones.
Zvukov said Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov had supported the idea to make one of the oldest streets of the resort city, Ordzhonikidze Street, where the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, the Festivalny Concert Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts are situated, a pedestrian zone.
Architects working on the project also offer to build cable ways to connect remote residential areas with beaches. However, all these plans can be implemented only after the 2014 Olympic Games, Zvukov stressed.