According to chairman of the House Preservation Committee Nikulás Úlfar Másson the committee will probably recommend emergency preservation orders be made for the 19th century buildings on Laugavegur 4 to 6 in Reykjavík at their meeting this week.
The committee has already requested that the houses not be demolished, but rather preserved and renovated in their current location. The owner of the lot, holding company Kaupangur, has until January 24 to send remarks to the committee, Fréttabladid reports.
According to an agreement between Reykjavík City and Kaupangur, the city has 14 days to remove the houses from the lot. Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson had earlier proposed that the houses be relocated to Hljómskálagardurinn public park and renovated there.
Last weekend workers on behalf of the Relics Preservation Authority began tearing down extensions to the buildings on Laugavegur 4 to 6.
“They certainly have the right to tear down these extensions, which will undoubtedly be demolished no matter whether the houses will be preserved or not,” Másson said. “But we think it is strange that they cannot wait until our request reaches the Minister [of Education Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir].”
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