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Tomasz Cudowski 13 November 2017

Tomasz Cudowski


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Tomek graduated from the faculty of modern languages at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, where he also started his journalist career in the late 1980s. He has worked in the real estate press since 2005, covering the residential market for ‘Eurobuild CEE’ magazine as well as the new technologies and property management sectors. Sometimes he can be heard on Polish Radio 2, where he reviews the press on the morning programme. At other times he can be seen in the Bieszczady or Beskid Niski mountains, where he enjoys rambling with no fixed purpose or destination in mind.

David and Goliath on the beach
Pirs will be situated close to the Zaslav reservoir - also known as the Minsk Sea
BELARUS A large-scale Pirs [пирс – or pier, in English] residential estate, which is being developed near an artificial lake Minsk, now has some competition in the neighbourhood.
Another developer has started the construction of the Tihaya Gavan u Pirsa [Тихая гавань у пирса – Quiet Haven near the Pier] project, literally over the fence. The Pirs project in the north-western part of the city is being developed by a company owned by one of the largest Belarusian developers, the A-100 Development group. The much advertised estate is being built over a 12 ha site and will comprise 950 apartments for 2,500 residents in blocks, urban villas and terraced houses. Prices per sqm range between USD 1,100 and USD 1,300, with the first apartments to be ready in a year’s time.

However, rival company UCS has now decided to take advantage of the advertising of the larger developer and has started the construction of a building with a similar name (see photo under the text). Its prices are lower (USD 950–1,050 per sqm) and the completion date will be earlier (July 2018).

The names of both projects are references to the nearby Zaslav reservoir, also known as the Minsk Sea which is a popular local leisure destination (one of the developers even advertises the exact distance between the shore of the reservoir to its building as being just 300m). However, in their marketing materials both companies neglect to mention that their estates will be separated from the Minsk Sea by the busy R28 expressway, which connects Minsk’s two ring roads. The route will run literally under the windows of some of the apartments.

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