One of the burnt tobacco warehouses was illegally demolished – on “G.M. Dimitrov” and “Exarch Yosif” streets in Plovdiv. Arch. Petkana Bakalova, who is one of the defenders of the Tobacco City, reported Radio Plovdiv.
The architect stated that in the protected area, demolition is allowed only after a positive opinion from the Ministry of Culture, and there is none, as it is a declared group cultural monument that falls under the protection of the Cultural Heritage Act. She said that today the demolition of the facade of the warehouse from the courtyard began.
“I just climbed in front of the excavator. This is absolutely illegal! I am waiting for the competent authorities to be contacted, and until that happens, for something to remain from the tobacco warehouse,” said arch. Bakalova.
After reporting to the Minister of Culture, Velislav Minekov, he urgently left for the city on the hills. The reason for this is the information that has appeared about the demolition of another warehouse in the Tobacco City in Plovdiv, the Ministry of Culture specified.
Meanwhile, Arch. Bakalova posted on Facebook photos of the destroyed building standing in front of the excavator.
The mayor of the “Central” district, Georgi Stamenov, was not informed about the demolition, BNR also reports. Stamenov undertook to send a team to check on the spot what was happening with the tobacco warehouse.
The director of the National Academy of Sciences arch. Petar Petrov announced that today he received the report about the demolition of the burnt tobacco warehouse.
“It is part of a group cultural monument “Filipopol – Trimontium – Plovdiv” and any intervention in this area must be in accordance with the multi-layered historical environment. Demolition is against the rules,” said arch. Petrov.
This is the second case of demolition of a tobacco warehouse in Plovdiv. Last week, the demolition of the building at 51 “Hristo Botev” street caused protests, as well as mutual accusations between the municipality of Plovdiv and the NINKN. Minutes ago, it became clear that security guards are no longer allowing people near the building, and protesters have gathered around.
Three of the tobacco warehouses in Plovdiv burned down in August 2016, and a local bum was blamed for setting them on fire.