Russia's Vladivostok to revamp seafront for 2012 APEC forum

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An aerial view of Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok July 28, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Vladivostok, Russia's largest port on the Pacific Ocean, has announced a large-scale project to revamp the seafront of the city in preparation for the APEC forum in 2012, information agency Vostok Media reported Friday.

Mayor Igor Pushkaryov has been chosen to oversee the 2.5-billion-ruble (82 million U.S. dollars) face-lifting project.

The renovation of the seafront will run in three stages. The reconstruction of the so-called first priority facilities is scheduled to kick off later this year. About 360 million rubles, or 11.8 million dollars, have been transferred to Vladivostok from the federal budget.

The overhaul of the second priority facilities will start in 2011 and will include renovation of eight public squares, reconstruction of the Korabelnaya seafront, pedestrian areas, underground walkways and a number of highways as well as installation of architectural lighting on 25 residential and public buildings.

While the construction of six multi-story parking areas in downtown Vladivostok will be the last stage of the face-lifting project.

Source: Xinhua


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