October 29, 2019 - Director of the Public Company Sea Property Predrag Jelusic expects the announcement of an international tender for the development of an architectural solution for the promenade in Budva, which will cover the hinterland of Slovenska Plaza and Bečići beaches, including their connection. The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Jelusic said in an interview with Dnevne Novine, has sent requests to all competent institutions for issuing approvals for urban technical conditions.
"Planning documentation is being prepared. It is extensive material, as several plans treat this area - Detailed Urban Plan Center Budva, Detailed Urban Plan Center Becici, as well as basic studies. The team formed within the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism is currently working to unify the studies with the preparation of all the elements that are relevant to the upcoming international competition. The construction of a five-kilometer-long promenade from the Old Town to the location of Sole Mio and the "blue stone" in Rafailovići is an emancipation project of Budva. It is an urgent project in the metropolis of tourism for Montenegro as well since today in Budva; we still have about 45 percent of the total traffic of Montenegro", emphasizes Jelusic.
The director of the Sea Property says that the company has earmarked 300,000 euros for announcing an international competition and drafting the preliminary and general design, for which there is already a great interest in renowned design and architectural companies. There is also an active investor interest in building high-class hotels along the current and future promenade.
"It will give extra quality. This content project will have squares, green areas. It will have contents that will be different from the current ones that can function for all 12 months. It is the most beautiful part of Budva, the most beautiful promenade in Montenegro, and it deserves to be in the function of both recreationists and tourists and citizens. I must point out that we have the full attention of the Government of Montenegro and local government that together, as we did the Sutomore project, Pine in Tivat, Dobrota in Kotor, the Pet Danica promenade in Herceg Novi…. provide Budva with a new quality. It is a must for this city. Budva has to have this project if it thinks it does not lose the tourist match in Montenegro, let alone in the region. That is the mission and goal of this whole initiative," says Jelusic, recalling that the construction of the promenade will cost between 10 and 12 million euros and that this investment should not be a problem for Budva, the state, and the Sea Property.
Jelusic points out that it was crucial for the implementation of the project that the Detailed Urban Plan Budva Center and the Detailed Urban Plan Becici Center were not put out of force.
"In the local parliament, the reason and arguments put forward by DPS councilors prevailed, and two key projects of public interest in the Lungo Mare and the promenade were given a chance to materialize. Otherwise, we would not be in a position to realize these two projects that are crucial for Budva, for tourism, for urban planning of Budva, for its citizens," says the Sea Property director.
Commencement of work on the promenade is expected during autumn of next year. In the meantime, Budva will receive landscaped space at a location below the main post office building, where discos were during the season.
"After the tenants removed their objects, by agreement, we began the realization of a project of horticultural and park landscaping of the newly created area of over 3,000 m2. It is planned to connect the footpath from the 'upper' promenade to Slovenska Plaza, set up park benches, greenery, and mark the 'five friendly' park area. All these works will be completed by the beginning of the next tourist season. This solution should be in the function of the locals and tourists until the complete reconstruction of the promenade Budva-Becici, which will cover the whole area of the most attractive zone on the Budva Riviera," Jelusic points out.
Source: Dnevne Novine