Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, Gaziemir Aktepe and Emrez participated in the launch of the first phase of the urban transformation area. At the meeting, where the Gaziemir Emrez Cooperative Sales and Promotion Office, where project work will be carried out, was opened at the same time, President Soyer emphasized that a union of forces was initiated in İzmir by including cooperatives in the urban transformation process. President Soyer said, “As a human being, I am proud that business people of Izmir take responsibility for urban transformation and during these difficult days of the economy. I am very happy that we have established this exemplary unity in our city.”
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has taken another important step for the urban transformation works covering Gaziemir Aktepe and Emrez neighborhoods. The first phase, which includes 151 residences and 37 workplaces on an area of 448 thousand 287 square meters, was launched with a cost of approximately 10 million liras. At the same time, the Gaziemir Emrez Cooperative Sales and Promotion Office, where the project work will be carried out, was opened, and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, CHP Izmir Deputy Mahir Polat, Gaziemir Mayor Halil Arda, Foça Mayor Fatih Gürbüz, Buca Mayor Erhan Kılıç, Business People Gaziemir Housing Building Cooperative President Serdar Deniz, Izmir Industrialists and Business People Association Chairman of the Board Hasan Küçükkurt, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality General Secretary Dr. Buğra Gökçe, İZBETON General Manager Heval Savaş Kaya, representatives of political parties and non-governmental organizations and many citizens attended.
“We realize it by revealing our body”
President Tunç Soyer stated that they continue their urban transformation works in İzmir with patience and determination despite the economic crisis that Turkey and the world are going through, and said, “We have a comprehensive and principled road map. We will complete the transformation of İzmir by taking concrete steps today within a medium-term plan. We realize this transformation not by groping, but by revealing our body.”
“We are establishing new living spaces in İzmir”
Reminding that the transformation that started simultaneously in six regions, Gaziemir, Ege Mahallesi, Uzundere, Ballıkuyu, Çiğli Güzeltepe and Örnekköy, continues, President Soyer emphasized that they increased the gear even more by signing 4 separate contracts in a short period of 3 months last March. Stating that as Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, they do not see urban transformation as merely demolishing old buildings and constructing new ones instead, Mayor Soyer said, “There is transformation in place at the core of our understanding. At the heart of this new understanding is green transformation. We are establishing the new living spaces of İzmir with its infrastructure, green areas, social centers, game and sports facilities. We are making this transformation with 100 percent consensus, without alienating our citizens from where they live. We transfer the rent not to a handful of privileged segments, but to the owners of that neighborhood, to our citizens," he said.
“It is obvious what this mentality has done to our country and İzmir”
Emphasizing that they have made İZBETON a strong actor in urban transformation, Mayor Soyer said: “İZBETON implements our urban transformation vision in İzmir without slowing down despite the economic difficulties. While doing all this, we have only one goal. To increase the welfare of İzmir and to ensure its fair share. Business People Gaziemir Housing Building Cooperative is the work of the unique solidarity in our city. If we had said 'me, not you', not all of us but only 'we', would this solidarity be possible? It would never happen. Urban transformation projects of İzmir would also continue to dust on the shelves. It may seem like something will get better when you act by stealing, bragging, looking down, but nothing actually happens. One applauds the other, pats him on the back, maybe even raises his subjects, that's okay. But the people are crying blood. Streets, avenues, buildings are falling apart. It is obvious what this mentality has done to our country and İzmir.”
“I am very happy that we have established this exemplary unity in our city”
Stating that solidarity is above all, Mayor Soyer said, “As a person, I am proud that business people in İzmir take responsibility in urban transformation and in these difficult days of the economy. I am very happy that we have established this exemplary unity in our city.”
“We will be ready to take a leading role in the transformation of the city”
Business People Gaziemir Housing Building Cooperative President Serdar Deniz stated in his speech that urban transformation is one of the most important agenda items of cities and thanked Mayor Soyer. Serdar Deniz said, “Our Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor and his team are working hard to make the city more livable. There is a very serious will on this issue, especially our İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor. It is our duty to see urban transformation not as a project of today, but as the future of Turkey and to support it accordingly. As Izmir business people, we are a supporter of every urban transformation project made with an understanding of on-site transformation. We will be ready to take a leading role in the transformation of the city.”
“We create value by using the possibilities of solidarity”
Western Anatolian Federation of Industrialists' and Businessmen's Associations (BASİFED) Vice President, İzmir Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (İZSİAD) Chairman of the Board Hasan Küçükkurt reminded that İzmir is an earthquake zone and said: It is necessary to prepare for this disaster beforehand and to transform the building stock in a way that will take the least damage in a possible earthquake. Earthquakes don't kill, buildings do. Today, we are not only helping people own a home, we are opening the door to a change in understanding. We create value by using the cooperation of the local government and the business world, as well as the collaborative solidarity opportunities of cooperatives, and set an example for the whole of Turkey. That's why my dear business people friends, I am glad to have you, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, I am glad to have you. As long as we and you have this culture of solidarity, we will implement more urban transformation projects, and we can succeed in transforming our city as soon as possible.”
“We are making history in urban transformation”
Gaziemir Mayor Halil Arda said that Aktepe-Emrez region is the biggest urban transformation area of İzmir and said, “We are making history in urban transformation this term under the presidency of Tunç Soyer. Our citizens living in the Aktepe-Emrez region are incredibly distressed. It has been 10 years since the urban transformation law was enacted, but no step could be taken. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality set out with a great leap forward. In this sense, I am very happy. I bet this will be the most beautiful neighborhood in Izmir. It is the ideal region for both living and investing,” he said.
The first stage consists of 7 blocks.
İZBETON A.Ş. and Business People Gaziemir Housing Building Cooperative officials, 287 residences and 10 workplaces will be built within the scope of the first phase of the Aktepe-Emrez Urban Transformation Project. The first phase of Gaziemir Urban Transformation Area consists of seven blocks with residences and workplaces.
A protocol was signed between İZBETON, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Municipality, and Business People Gaziemir Housing Building Cooperative on February 1, to start the first phase construction works in January.