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|Dâmbovița Center Towers|
|Type||Shopping Mall, Office, Hotel|
|Roof||155.4 m (510 ft)|
|Floor area||100,000 m2 (1,100,000 sq ft)|
The Dâmbovița Center (also named Casa Radio) is an unfinished building in Bucharest, Romania, near Cotroceni, on the shore of the Dâmboviţa River. Casa Radio (meaning Radio House) was erected during the late 1980s by the Communist regime on land which before the Second World War was the location of the Bucharest Hippodrome. The building was intended to serve as a museum of the Romanian Communist Party. The balcony (which no longer exists) of the unfinished building facing Ştirbei Vodă Street was used by the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu on 23 August 1989 to watch the festivities marking Romania's National Day. It was the last Communist-style parade in Romania.
The Romanian government contracted the construction of a hotel and a mall called "Dâmbovița Center" to the Turkish company Cenk Vefa Kucuk. The project was supposed to be a $275 million investment and the largest multipurpose complex in the region. It was supposed to build a 300-room hotel, 69,000 m² of retail spaces, 16,000 m² of offices, 45,000 m² of commercial galleries and a residential complex, designed to include 200 apartments, a parking lot, restaurants and a hospital. The government, which provided the building, would get only 10% of the income.
The government canceled the contract in 2005 because of various irregularities regarding the auction, the company and the financing. The company said it would sue to recover the money already invested.
In the winter of 2006, a public-private partnership agreement between Elbit Medical Imaging, an Israeli company, and the Romanian government was announced to develop Casa Radio. The Romanian Government will remain a 15% partner in the scheme. Construction began in June 2007, after a decision to demolish 70% of the initial building, keeping only the facade and the structural framework.
The new project will consist of a mall of 100,000 m2 (1,100,000 sq ft), a five star hotel with 320 rooms, a residential area with 300 apartments and three office towers of 26, 30 and 34 floors with the last tower having 155 m (509 ft).
Plaza Centers, the developer of Casa Radio in Bucharest entered in 2013 judicial reorganization under the protection of the Dutch bankruptcy law, the Israeli investor Mordechay Zisser announced. Plaza Centers intends to invest in Romania in projects with a total value of nearly EUR 2 billion, the largest of projects being Dambovita Center, built on the 600,000 sq. m platform of Casa Radio. In July 2014, Plaza Centers successfully completed debt restructuring and emerges from reorganization proceeding, and after 2014 it sold Kragujevac Plaza in Serbia and a shopping center in India.
The development of Casa Radio comprises approximately 467,000 square metres of built area, including a 90,000-square metre GLA shopping mall and indoor leisure center, approximately 127,000 square metres GBA of offices, hotel complex with conference center and underground car parking spaces. The Company Plaza Centers expects to complete the first phase of the project, which includes the shopping center, parking and PAB, in 2017.
- Rodica Danicluc, "Turco-britanicii şi-au adus "întăriri" din Olanda şi Israel" ("The Turkish-British Partners Have Brought 'Reinforcements' from Holland and Israel"), România Liberă, 17 February 2007.
- (in Romanian) Jurnalul Naţional, "Casa Radio - Contractul va fi reziliat" ("Radio House - The contract will be canceled")
- (in Romanian) Jurnalul Naţional, "Dâmboviţa center, un proiect cu multe semne de intrebare ("Dambovita Center, a project with many question marks") by László Borbély, November 14, 2005
- (in Romanian) Jurnalul Naţional, "Casa Radio va ajunge la Londra" ("Radio House goes to London"), November 14, 2005
- MSN Money, "Elbit Medical Imaging Ltd. Announces Plaza Centers N.V. Receives Final Approval for Mega Project in Bucharest", November 30, 2006
- Evenimentul Zilei, "The Radio House, demolished Archived 2007-10-10 at the Wayback Machine", June 7, 2007
- "Dâmboviţa Center a fost aprobat de Consiliul General al Capitalei" (in Romanian). www.antena3.ro. 2009-03-31. Archived from the original on 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
- "The Developer of Casa Radio Project in Bucharest entered Insolvency". www.officerentinfo.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
- "Casa Radio". Retrieved 2015-08-18.