The Helsinki City Council approved an alteration to a detailed plan in the Vartiokylä area at the City Council meeting of 6 May 2020, enabling the construction of a new school building for Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages, to be located in the campus area of the Myllypuro suburban centre. The City Council also approved a cost increase of close to one million euros for the renovation of Helsinki Media Arts Upper Secondary School.
The new building of Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages, meant for language studies and adult education, will be located in the vicinity of the Myllypuro Metro station, and it will also be well served by other public transport connections.
The total cost of the detailed plan solution will be 32 million euros including the construction of the new building. The soil of the area must be remediated because of the area’s previous uses, which may have caused soil contamination, but the costs incurred by the process will be carried by the previous area operator.
The land area covered by the plan is owned by the City of Helsinki. The area now has a service station and a narrow park maintained as a protection forested area. The land lease of the service station site will be terminated in August 2020, and the enterprises will have to move away. The City Executive Office’s Economic Development division has offered the enterprises support to ease the situation.
The City Council approved an increase of close to one million euros for the renovation plan of Helsinki Media Arts Upper Secondary School. The total cost of the renovation of this upper secondary school in Tapanila will be slightly over 10 million euros.
The project plan comprises a new building exterior, the replacement of the roof and adjustments to the building’s ventilation system.
In addition to regular renovation work, needs for new upgrades have appeared in the course of the work that were not foreseen in the original project plan. As the work has progressed, more hazardous materials have also appeared in the structures than those discovered in the hazardous materials survey.
One of the goals with the increase in the upper cost limit of the renovation is to ensure that the measures to improve indoor air quality will function in the best possible manner.
The renovation project is implemented in five stages. The school remains in operation during the entire project. Students move from the sections under renovation to a temporary facility at the school site for the time of the renovation work.
Helsinki Media Arts Upper Secondary School has approximately 860 students, and it is the biggest general upper secondary school in Helsinki. The school opened in 2005, when the general upper secondary schools of Northern Helsinki, Malmi and Suutarila were combined. Helsinki Media Arts Upper Secondary School operates in the facilities of the former Northern Helsinki Upper Secondary School (Pohjois-Helsingin lukio) in Tapanila.
The City Council meeting of 6 May started with an information session on the coronavirus situation for the councillors. The speakers of the information session were Mayor Jan Vapaavuori and Deputy Mayors Sanna Vesikansa, Pia Pakarinen, NasimaRazmyar and Anni Sinnemäki.
Before the meeting, the City Council honoured the former, recently deceased alternate councillor René Hursti with a moment of silence. Mr Hursti served on the City Council as a councillor in 2013–2017, first representing the Finns Party Council group and later his own René Hursti Council group. From 2017 onwards, he served as an alternate councillor in the Left Alliance Council group.
The City Council meeting is available on demand on the City of Helsinki video channel Helsinki-kanava.
All decisions of the City Council meeting and the meeting agenda are posted, and the minutes will be posted later, on the City Council webpages (in Finnish).