Alexander Dybin, St. Petersburg
The Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg by a majority vote supported the suspension of the law on the integrated development of the territory (KRT), which is also called the law on renovation. The decision passed in the first reading, but it is expected that it will be adopted without disputes in the second and third readings. It is assumed that the authorities will return to the topic of renovation in a year, when the public headquarters, created on the wave of discontent of the townspeople with the CRT program, completes its work.
As Novye Izvestiya previously reported, the law on renovation in St. Petersburg was adopted last summer. Under it fell "Khrushchev" panel houses built from 1957 to 1970. According to various estimates, up to a million people live in such houses in the northern capital. But people categorically rejected the idea of demolishing these houses in exchange for new housing. According to accepted norms, residents from the demolished Khrushchev houses could be resettled in any district of the city, including the outskirts. Or pay compensation for the market price of housing. But it is not always possible to buy decent housing with this compensation.
In the wake of discontent, residents began to unite in groups and chats in order to hold general meetings of residents and exclude their homes from the renovation program. The process was attempted to be led by the city authorities, who created a public headquarters to discuss the law. He started work last week and has not yet issued any recommendations. In addition, the governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov, came up with an initiative to suspend the law on renovation until the completion of public discussion. Previously, it was the governor who introduced this law to the legislature.