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2013.11.26 11:09

Yet another project in Vilnius goes belly up

DELFI.lt2013.11.26 11:09

The idea to build the Modern Art Centre near the National Art Gallery in Vilnius at the end of 2014 has been renounced, www.delfi.lt reports.

 The idea to build the Modern Art Centre near the National Art Gallery in Vilnius at the end of 2014 has been renounced, www.delfi.lt reports.

The newspaper Vilniaus Diena wrote that the expensive project would not be implemented as the city’s municipality failed to prepare the detailed site plan in time.

The project initiators say that they gave up the idea of building the museum on the right bank of Neris River in Vilnius.

“I responsibly declare that the museum will not be built there. That project, which was drawn in conjunction with the municipality, has been cancelled. However, another one is only being planned, so I wouldn’t want to announce anything publicly at this time and share these plans,” said the initiator of the museum’s idea Professor Viktoras Butkus.

Meanwhile, Vilnius Municipality said that businesspeople Danguole and Viktoras Butkus, who are ready to invest 20 million Litas, should take responsibility because they procrastinated to submit project proposals on time. On the other hand, Viktoras Butkus assures that the municipality was not acting in accordance with the memorandum signed in 2011.

The conditions stipulating design and construction terms, plot designation and detailed site plan approval were determined in the memorandum. The detailed site plan had to be prepared in May 2012 and yet it was approved only a year later.

The Butkus family has informed the municipality that they were no longer obliged by the memorandum provisions and that they reserve the right to implement the project in a way suitable to them.

A 6,000m2 plot had to be provided for the planned museum on the embankment of Neris River near the National Art Gallery. The building was projected to have a 2,000m2 hall for a permanent visual art exposition and a 1,000m2 hall for temporary exhibitions. Educational and cultural events would have taken place at the museum.

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