TARKEM, which was established with the cooperation of public, civil society and private sector, continues its moves to make Kemeralti and its surroundings “center of attraction”. In the last meeting of TARKEM before the new year, it was decided to start the e-Kemeraltı project, which will be the life water for Kemeraltı tradesmen who had a hard time due to the pandemic, the restoration of Tevfik Paşa Mansions in cooperation with the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and TARKEM, and the preparation of the restoration project for the 2nd Mansion of Foundations.
December Board Meeting of Tarihi Kemeraltı İnşaat Yatırım Ticaret A.Ş (TARKEM), which was established with the partnership of public, civil society and private sector in order to contribute to the revival of historical, religious and touristic city values in Kemeraltı and its surroundings, in accordance with their originals, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor and TARKEM It was chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tunç Soyer.
At the last meeting of the year held online, it was decided to start the restoration of Tevfik Paşa Mansions in cooperation with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and TARKEM, and to prepare the restoration project for the 2nd Mansion of Foundations. In the meeting, it was also decided to implement the e-Kemeraltı project, which will enable Kemeraltı tradesmen, who are going through difficult times due to the pandemic, to trade through the digital portal.
Soyer: Kemeraltı will be a leverage for the prosperity of the city
Making the opening speech of the meeting, Tunç President Soyer said that they are working with the aim of revitalizing the region from Konak Pier to Kadifekale. Stating that they will make an investment of 150 million TL to solve the infrastructure problem of the historical bazaar, Soyer said, “We went to the tender. Our company İZBETON took the tender. The most important phase of the Kemeraltı First Stage Interception study, which we started to collect the rainwater of Kemeraltı and its surroundings and transfer them to the Bay, is about to be completed. We have completed the infrastructure renovation works in Havra Street. Our work on the superstructure continues. The first awnings were installed. Our excavations continue at the Smyrna Antique Theater. On October 29, 2023, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Republic at the ancient theater with an extraordinary concert. This region will not only increase the tourism potential of our city. It will reveal the historical city identity of Izmir, which we always refer to, will increase the awareness of Izmirism and Mediterraneanness, and will undertake a very serious leverage role in increasing the prosperity of our city ”.
UNESCO office is established
TARKEM General Manager Sergenç İneler stated that they carried out a series of works together with İzmir Metropolitan Municipality for the Izmir Historical Port City, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List, to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage Permanent List, by opening the UNESCO office in the first week of the new year, ”Announced that they will prepare. Noting that they are working for the growth and increase of the added value of Kemeraltı, İneler said that they want to implement the e-Kemeraltı project in order to enable the Kemeraltı tradesmen who have gone through a difficult period due to the pandemic to do business on the virtual platform.
Kemeraltı's thanks to President Soyer
Semih Girgin, the President of Historical Kemeralti Tradesmen Association, thanked Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer for his work on Havra Street. Stating that the infrastructure investment that will start in Kemeraltı after the new year is very important for Kemeraltı tradesmen, Girgin emphasized that the support of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality is very important for the implementation of the e-Kemeraltı project.
Full support for e-Kemeraltı project
Speaking again at the end of the meeting, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said that they will give the necessary support for the implementation of the e-Kemeraltı project and that they will work together with the Historical Kemeraltı Tradesmen Association to prepare a digital platform in line with the expectations of the tradesmen.