Construction starts on Prague 7 mall

The project was delayed for years due to objections to the original design

The construction of the Letná shopping center started Dec. 7 with the laying of the foundation stone. The start of Letná obchodní centrum was delayed for several years since the Prague 7 Town Hall objected to the original design of the project.

The shopping center is between Veletržní and Strojnická streets in Prague 7. The investor is real estate firm Lordship, The three-story mixed-use project had a gross area of 48,000 square meters.

The mall will be lower than originally planned and changes have been made to the facade so it conforms to the street line. It will also include parking for residents and a memorial for Holocaust victims.

The approved design is three stories, or some 10 meters, lower than the original. A glass cylindrical tower will no longer be included. There will also be a better street entrance and a passage.

“The two years of hard negotiations were worth it,” Prague 7 Town Councilor Pavel Zelenka said on Facebook when the cornerstone was laid.

The first phase of the shopping center should be completed in the second quarter of 2019.

“We are working intensively to rent the retail space so it includes a wide range of brands. Currently, we have tenant agreements for more than 60 percent of the total area of business space. We believe that customers will welcome new shops, restaurants, services and leisure activities with the possibility of convenient parking, including parking spaces for the residents of Prague 7,” Rostislav Novák, director of Lordship, said.

The 500-space parking garage should be finished in March 2018, according to Zelenka. The garage will have three stories of covered parking and will serve local residents as well as customers, which was one of the conditions set by the Prague 7 Town Hall.

The supermarket Lidl, which will cover some 2,000 square meters, will open in spring 2019. “For our stores, it is not always easy to find suitable spaces in city centers. The reason is mainly the area that our characteristic buildings need. This new concept broadens our capabilities,” Pavel Stratil, managing director of Lidl Česká Republika, said in a press release.

The lot is owned by the Prague 7 district and will be leased for 99 years, instead of 105 years in the original contract. Rent will remain at Kč 5 million per year.

The mall was originally expected to open at the end of 2017 and was to have been called Palác Stromovka. It was originally described as a multifunctional shopping and office project.

The site of the future mall during World War II was used for the deportation of Czech Jews, who were taken to the nearby Praha–Bubny railway station. A small plaque already exists at the Parkhotel, which is also on Veletržní street.

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