Publishing House Public Space goes to the finish line

The “Publishing House Public Space” project which provides creation of modern and comfortable public space on the territory in front of the former publishing house in the central part of Ivano-Frankivsk (on Sichovykh Striltsiv str., 78), goes to finish line — the stage of realization.

“Teple Misto” platform received an official confirmation of supporting of the project by the Western NIS Enterprise Fund. The fund will finance half of the project cost, which is an amount of 3.377 million UAH. It should be reminded that in accordance with the Memorandum “About joint implementation of the project of improvement “Publishing House Public Space” (from October 4, 2016), half of the project budget is provided by" Warm City "(at the expense of grants), and the other part project budget is provided by the Executive Committee of Ivano-Frankivsk City Council. The guarantor of the implementation of the agreement is the mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk. The third signatory of the memorandum is "PAKKO Holding" (supermarket chain “Vopak” rents the first floor of the publishing house), which also expressed support the idea of the project implementation and willingness to facilitate its implementation.

The “Publishing House Public Space” project is an example of the transformation of the urban space thanks to community efforts. “It all began with the dissatisfaction of the inhabitants (the Ulyana Fedik and Roman Rudyy`s initiative group) of space condition in front of the publishing house (spontaneous parking, garbage, etc.). The “Teple Misto” platform has joined the project thanks to expert and practical experience within the program “Urbanistics”. The first step was the Hackathon which helps to work out ideas for space development. Also, with the support of the “Teple Misto” in July 2016, an architectural residence "Pavilion 78" was held, which was attended by representatives of the community and local administration, architects and urbanists from Ivano-Frankivsk and other Ukrainian cities. At that time also was conducted a historical and social research of the location, and was distinguished groups of potential users of the space, was studied their wishes. The results of this work became the basis of the architectural concept “Publishing House Public Space”: it was supposed to be filled with elements such as a terrace, a bus-stop, a children's zone, street furniture, bicycle parking, elements of landscaping and lighting. The city inhabitants actually revived this space: during the spring-summer 2016 there were lectures, workshops, art parties.

In the process, it became known about the intention of the supermarket to organize a parking in front of the publishing house. After a long negotiations, the mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, the supermarket chain and the “Teple Misto” platform (which representing the community's position) signed the memorandum.

For Ivano-Frankivsk city the “Publishing House Public Space” project is actually a precedent for the implementation of community-based urban initiatives “from the bottom up”. This case demonstrates the possibility of transformation of urban spaces due to community activity and the unification of various stakeholders - residents, specialists, business and administration of the city.

The “Publishing House Public Space” project involves three stages: development of the concept of public space; creation of the park's architectural project; realization of the project on the territory of the publishing house (implementation time — 2017-2018).
The project is implemented by the city community in collaboration with “Teple Misto” platform with the support of the Executive Committee of the Ivano-Frankivsk City Council, the Workshops of the city (Lviv), the international cooperation office GIZ, Comixans, the restaurant “Cuisine”, restaurant chain “23 Restorany”, Sunlight, Pylypets Bikepark, Western timber carcass company, “Ivano-Frankivsk AutoDor” and a lot of patrons.

Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) is the first in Ukraine and Moldova, a regional Foundation funded by the US Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Foundation has over 20 years of successful investment in small and medium-sized enterprises. From 2015, the Fund implements a technical assistance program in Ukraine and Moldova, the main elements of which are export promotion, local economic development, social investment and economic leadership. WNISEF is funding innovative, highly effective projects aimed at reforming and changing people's lives in Ukraine and Moldova.

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