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Two Houses in Downtown Reykjavík Moved

Quite literally moving house: Two houses in downtown Reykjavík were moved from Grettisgata for urban development reasons on Thursday afternoon, leading to temporary road closures in the neighborhood.

The house on Grettisgata 17 and the backhouse on Laugavegur 36 were hoisted onto trucks and driven to Hólmaslóð where they will be stored temporarily, mbl.is reports.

The move was organized by Minjavernd, which is operated by the Icelandic state, City of Reykjavík and the company Minja, to protect buildings of historical and cultural importance.

The two houses will be located Grettisgata 9a and 9b in the future but a foundation has yet to be made.

A 106-year-old Swedish Whitebeam tree that stands at Grettisgata 17 will be spared by zoning officials after the people of Grettisgata and surrounding streets organized demonstrations, including petitions and an outdoor concert, to protest its removal.

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