Helsinki City Council approved the detailed plan for a tram-depot city block

Kruunuvuorenranta
10.11.2020
Finland’s first hybrid city block, combining a tram depot and housing, has been proposed to be built in the vicinity of the final stop of the future Crown Bridges (Kruunusillat) tram line.

The Helsinki City Council approved an alteration to the detailed plan for Laajasalo’s Yliskylä at the City Council meeting of 4 November 2020. The new detailed plan covers the so-called “tram block” of Laajasalo, a city block accommodating a tram depot. Questions raised in the City Council question-and-answer session concerned a data breach at the Vastaamo psychotherapy centre and support to the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Finland’s first hybrid city block, combining a tram depot and housing, has been proposed to be built in the vicinity of the final stop of the future Crown Bridges (Kruunusillat) tram line. A functional plan for the complex was sought through an architectural competition, to solve how to integrate housing with tram depot operations, which require a great deal of space. The new detailed plan solution enables the construction of a tram depot, related support facilities and housing placed partially on top of the tram depot. The depot would accommodate parking, maintenance and servicing facilities for tram operation, and it would be essential for the operation of the Crown Bridges tram line. 

The detailed plan reserves the most floor space for housing, a total of 42,900 square metres. The total floor space of the depot is about 18,400 square metres, and a related parking facility has 11,500 square metres. An additional 1,200 square metres are reserved for commercial operations. The depot and the parking facility are partially located underneath a park and street area. The area covered by the detailed plan also includes a site for a public health station. 

A jogging track, beach volleyball fields and a dog park currently located in the area will be moved to nearby areas. A children’s playground will be placed onto the deck of the tram depot’s city block. A current sports field will be moved to an area next to Holmanmoisionpolku and modernized. The Laajasalo swimming beach is not included in the area covered by the detailed plan, and it will continue to operate as before.  

The City will incur about 11 million euros of costs from the implementation of the alteration to the detailed plan. 

Question-and-answer session focused on the Vastaamo databreach and support to victims of the coronavirus pandemic 

The City Council meeting included a question-and-answer session, in which Councillors presented two questions. Councillor AlviinaAlametsä (Greens) asked how the City has helped people affected by the data breach at the Vastaamo psychotherapy centre as well as their friends and relatives. The question was answered by Deputy Mayor Sanna Vesikansa.

The second question, presented by Councillor Eva Biaudet (Swedish People’s Party), concerned City activities to ease the lives of citizen groups who have suffered from the coronavirus pandemic including young people. The question was answered by Mayor JanVapaavuori. 

A project plan for the Untamo building of the KäpyläComprehensive School approved 

The Untamo building of the Käpylä Comprehensive School will undergo a renovation, in which the organization and equipment of the general instruction facilities will be modernized, and the facilities will be improved to accommodate multiple uses. The building will be fitted with two new elevators, and more toilets will be built for the use of learners. Intermediate floors and the roof will be renovated by cleaning them from organic substances, in order to improve the building’s indoor air quality.   

The price ceiling of the project is about 16 million euros.

The Christian Democrats and Blue Reform Council groups merge 

The City Council meeting noted having been informed of the merger of the Christian Democrats and Blue Reform Council groups. The name of the new group is the City Council group of the Christian Democrats and Blue Reform (abbreviation KD&Sin). The group holds two seats in the current City Council. 

All decisions of the City Council meeting are available on the decisions release page (in Finnish). 

Photo: City of Helsinki