Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which expropriated land and buildings wherever needed for new projects and investments, bought 2 billion 114 million liras during the presidency of Aziz Kocaoğlu. Noting that the land constraint in the city is a big problem, Mayor Kocaoğlu said that the expropriation cost for some investments is even more than the cost of construction.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has expropriated 15 billion 2 million liras with the expropriation figure of İZSU in the 114-year period chaired by Aziz Kocaoğlu. Real estates bought by the Metropolitan Municipality were evaluated in order to realize important projects and services and to add value to the city.
Opening new roads, squares and crossroads, increasing green areas; constructing sports halls, underpasses, subway-suburban stations and fire-fighting facilities, building parking and cemetery areas and urban transformation-development areas, building a fairground facility, preparing suitable areas for archaeological excavations, eliminating the construction in disaster-exposed areas, healthy drink provides water and sewerage, storm water, drinking water and wastewater treatment plants wherever needed in order to make the investments do not hesitate to buy the land and buildings of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, in the many issues that such expropriation studies in local governments in Turkey, "a role model" it was.
The largest expropriation on Homer Avenue
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which increased its real estate assets significantly during the term of Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu, paid the highest expropriation value between 2004-2019 for the opening of the Homeros Boulevard (known as the Flying Road), which was built as the connection road to Buca-Yeşildere. For this, 156 million lira of land was purchased.
Since 2006, the amount paid to move the landslide area in Kadifekale and the citizens living there to move to mass housing has approached 101 million liras with the current value. This is the Agora excavation work with 37.5 million liras, the Friendship Boulevard opened in Karabağlar with 32.7 million liras, the Opera house and landscaping with 29.8 million liras, the Fair Izmir land in Gaziemir with 29.3 million liras, the Kadifekale Cultural Facility Area with 45 million liras, Archeology and History Park area with 30 million liras, Ancient Theater Area with 11,9 million liras, Çiğli Balatçık-Harmandalı connection road with 26.4 million liras, Bornova Hamdi Dalan Junction with 23.1 million liras, Evka 22.9 Metro Station with 3 million liras, 20.5 Mersinli Indoor Sports Hall followed with a million liras.
IZSU also expropriated the 8 million 825 thousand square meters and invested in 114 million liras for investments related to sewage treatment plant, wells, storage areas, drinking water, canal, storm water and creek breeding, especially in Tahtalı Dam and Gördes Dam absolute protection areas.
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Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu said, “We have almost become unable to do projects without expropriation. We needed this to make investments that will pave the way for the city, to open new roads and arteries, and to realize our new projects. ” Mayor Kocaoğlu continued as follows:
“In 2004, our area of responsibility grew, from 110 thousand hectares to 550 thousand hectares. So there was a 5-fold increase. Then 650 thousand hectares came. Since we have overcome the 5-fold increase, we said that we can easily overcome the problems of 2-fold growth and rolled up the sleeves. There was a lot of work, but we were not afraid of work. We worked hard on infrastructure investments for the development of İzmir. But while realizing our projects, the land constraint appeared as a major obstacle. Although the cost was very high, we tried to overcome these obstacles by expropriating. So much so that some of our investments' expropriation cost was much more than the cost of construction. ”