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Open Competition on Reykjavík Harbor

The board of Faxaflóahafnir, Associated Icelandic Ports, accepted a proposal on an open competition for the best ideas at a meeting yesterday on how to organize Reykjavík harbor between Ingólfsgardur to Örfirisey.

The proposal as submitted by the chairman of the board of the ports association, Júlíus Vífill Ingvarsson, reads:

“It is important at these crossroads to create a comprehensive overview in regards to the organization of the area. It doesn’t only include the look of the old harbor, but also the habitation and employment development of the entire city where industry in the harbor area, future purposes, habitation area and transport will be considered.” Fréttabladid reports.

“There are of course certain items, like the concert hall, that are tied to the current urban development plan,” port captain Gísli Gíslason said. “But there are also some areas that haven’t been planned yet so that they are in keeping with the current plans.”

Two representatives of the minority in Reykjavík City Council, Björk Vilhelmsdóttir and Óskar Bergsson, disagree with the proposal. “The chairman’s proposal on an open competition on ideas on how to develop the old harbor area was introduced with no notice and it is unclear what the majority of this council plans to do with this proposal,” they said.

Vilhelmsdóttir and Bergsson doubted whether the existing urban planning for the street of Mýrargata would be spared. “The Mýrargata planning is not part of this case and it is confusing to include it in the discussion,” Ingvarsson said.

It is not clear when the competition will take place.

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