The 30-year zoning problem in Kazlıçeşme, which served as the center of leather production in Istanbul for years, was solved with the joint work of IMM and Zeytinburnu Municipality. Speaking at the 'Kazlicesme Title Deed Distribution Ceremony', IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu“Our interlocutor is not supposedly reputable individuals. We look at the event as our 16 million reputable citizens, and prioritize their use.” Pointing out that İBB is an effective urban planning group with all its relevant managers and units, İmamoğlu said, “In this sense, I would like to express my gratitude to all my colleagues, my teammates, on behalf of the people of Istanbul, on behalf of this process, and to present these achievements as a gift to my dear travel friend Tayfun Kahraman. I do,” he said.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) and Zeytinburnu Municipality solved the 1988-year zoning problem in Kazlıçeşme Square, which was considered the center of leatherwork in Istanbul for centuries and was demolished by local governments between 92-30. “Kazlicesme Title Deed Distribution Ceremony”, IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu and Zeytinburnu Mayor Ömer Arısoy. Making a speech at the ceremony, İmamoğlu emphasized that urban planning is an important issue. Saying, "Our city has not been able to give a good test when we consider a 60-70-year history," İmamoğlu said, "In this sense, of course, there have been good efforts, outstanding efforts have been made. Every political period has tried to do its best, but today the planning process of our city is in a situation where it is criticized with elements that disturb and do not please us all.
“I ENJOY FULFILLING OUR COMMITMENT FOR THREE YEARS”
Expressing that they have taken serious steps in the field of urban planning since they took office, İmamoğlu underlined that they carried out the process in a participatory and transparent manner. Saying, "We have never done and will never do this," İmamoğlu said, "I am also enjoying fulfilling our commitment for three years. We have never brought an individual request or a single request over the rent of a personal group to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Assembly. I would like to say this in front of all of you," he said. Sharing the knowledge that they have solved the zoning problems in Avcılar Yeşilkent, Ataşehir, İçerenköy, Kayışdağı, İnönü, Küçükbakkalköy neighborhoods, the center of Çekmeköy, Pendik Kavakpınar, Çınardere neighborhoods and Silivri during their 3-year tenure, İmamoğlu, Bakırköy, Esenyurt, Eyüpsultan, Kemerburgaz, Kadıköy He stated that they are close to a solution in regions such as Acıbadem, Şişli centre, Sarıyer, Üsküdar, Ümraniye, Alibeyköy, Ferhatpaşa and the north of Kartal.
“OUR CONTACT US 16 MILLION CITIZENS”
Saying, "Our interlocutor is not supposedly reputable individuals," İmamoğlu said, "We look at the event as our 16 million reputable citizens, and prioritize their use. Planning processes are valuable. And in this area, we follow the processes in ministries and other public institutions and organizations at the national level, in favor of or against Istanbul, in a transparent manner. We use our legal rights when necessary. And at this point, we definitely inform the public if necessary.” Pointing out that İBB is an effective urban planning group with all its relevant managers and units, İmamoğlu said, “In this sense, I would like to express my gratitude to all my fellow travelers, teammates, on behalf of the people of Istanbul, on behalf of this process, and to present these achievements as a gift to my dear travel friend Tayfun Kahraman. I do,” he said.
“OUR PRIDE IS ALL OF US”
Stating that they had the pleasure of ending the 30-year process in Kazlıçeşme, İmamoğlu said, “A very serious property problem has been resolved here. We enabled a process involving more than a thousand people to turn into a title deed with its peaceful acceptance. I see that maybe we have people who have spent their years here and waiting. Here, it is necessary to congratulate the process that many public institutions carry out with the respect and cooperation of people in that transparency environment.” Emphasizing that they are working in cooperation with Zeytinburnu Municipality in this process, İmamoğlu said:
“This is exactly the attitude and attitude that our compatriots from Zeytinburnu or our compatriots from Istanbul expect from elected politicians like us. The pride of this is all of us. We do not own the work we do. The owner of the work we do is our nation, the people. Therefore, today we have the Mayor of Zeytinburnu. I am here today as the mayor of the city. Tomorrow there will be others. Later others. As with others yesterday. Therefore, every good deed we do comes with us. In this sense, I would like to announce to both my esteemed citizens here and all Istanbulites who follow us that I will continue to be a follower of this in every district with the highest level of tolerance, goodwill and with the utmost effort to establish mutual dialogue.”
ARISOY: “WE ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT THE PROBLEM”
Zeytinburnu Mayor Ömer Arısoy, in his speech, said, “A serencam lasting 30 years; we have come to the happy time of a serencam full of objections and cancellations. Of course I am happy too. In this process, for the solution of this problem, for the solution of the problem of the right holders and owners; I am here in the peace of being a part of the solution, not the problem. We have reached a happy end by working with other institutions and organizations not only in matters that fall on our municipality, but also in other matters. May it be beneficial for our Kazlıçeşme, our Istanbul, our Zeytinburnu.” Gürkan Akgün, Head of the IMM Department of Reconstruction and Urbanism, also explained in detail their work in the region.
RIGHT OWNERS: “OUR HAPPIEST DAY”
After the speeches, İmamoğlu and Arısoy symbolically handed over their title deeds to 6 right holders. Speaking on behalf of the rights holders, Figen Öztemir expressed her feelings, “I am very happy. 30 years, Easy to say. I am the daughter of Cezmi Öztemir, who served as the President of the Turkish Leather Industrialists' Association for many years and worked hard for Kazlıçeşme and the leather industry. I wish my father was alive and here today. Our esteemed Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, who found a solution to our problems that could not be solved for 30 years, opened our lands for development, worked to give our new title deeds, Ekrem İmamoğluI would like to thank him and all the employees who contributed”. The right owner İlhami Yüksel, who received his new title deed, said: “Mr. President Ekrem İmamoğlu My fellow countryman told us very well what kind of path we should follow in order to be governed by democracy. Thank you very much. I was 51 when these demolitions started, now I am 83. I'm having the happiest day," he said.
With the ceremony, a total of 550 shareholders received their new title deeds. During the ceremony, İmamoğlu was accompanied by İBB CHP Group Deputy Chairman Doğan Subaşı and İBB Secretary General Can Akın Çağlar.