The foundation of the first phase was laid with a ceremony in Gaziemir Aktepe Emrez, where İzmir Metropolitan Municipality carries out urban transformation works with 100% consensus and on-site transformation principles. CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said, “What the government cannot do, our mayors do. I am proud to be an İzmir deputy,” he said. Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer He also stated that they are working hard to build a young Izmir.
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç SoyerThe Metropolitan Municipality, which accelerated the process by including İZBETON and cooperatives in urban transformation projects in line with the resilient city vision of . CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and his wife Selvi Kılıçdaroğlu, Mayor of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the transformation, which will cost approximately 151 million liras and on an area of 39 thousand square meters. Tunç Soyer, CHP executives, CHP Party Assembly Member Rıfat Nalbantoğlu, CHP İzmir Provincial Chairman Deniz Yücel, district mayors, business people, headmen and citizens attended.
Urban transformation emphasis on the spot from Kılıçdaroğlu
Speaking at the ceremony, CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu emphasized the importance of on-site transformation and said, “We all came here from different parts of Anatolia in some way. Slums were built, you settled down. Opportunities were limited. But people want to live in better conditions. Their homes must be livable. It is necessary to achieve a living standard worthy of a city. This is an earthquake zone and there has been a lot of pain. This pain needs to go away. Houses must be earthquake resistant. Neighborhood culture should be kept alive. You cannot destroy their culture by sending people somewhere, driving them somewhere, giving them housing in different places. That culture has to live in that neighborhood," he said.
“You will not be in contact with the contractor”
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also stated that there should be a guarantee in urban transformation and said, “The owner of the right whose house will be demolished should say, 'Yes, my house is being demolished, but I will have a more beautiful house in safety'. It has suffered in the past. Istanbul Fikirtepe is not an event to be easily forgotten in Turkey. Our mayors did not allow problems to occur. Your interlocutor is the municipality, you will not be dealing with the contractor. The municipality will do it, the guarantor will be the municipality. Trust is one of the key points of this business. Your homes will start and finish on time in confidence," he said.
“Our mayors do what they cannot do”
Stating that he wanted to attend the key delivery ceremony of the first stage, the foundation of which was laid, CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu stated that the CHP mayors were blocked in the continuation of his speech and said, “I told my friends to the mayor. You will never, ever make excuses. As a matter of fact, our Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality also said this. “We are not an excuse authority,” he said. They work within this framework. A heartfelt thank you to all my fellow mayors. Our mayors do what the government cannot do. There are great problems in the places where our AK Party citizens live. You will see, when we take power, we will focus on the problems of all our citizens, wherever they are in Turkey, and we will solve them.”
“I am also proud to be a deputy of Izmir”
Kılıçdaroğlu ended his speech as follows: “I am proud to be an İzmir deputy. It is one of my duties to serve you and to voice your problems in the parliament. We know that there are some problems with the deed here. I asked our Group Deputy Chairman Engin Altay to solve the problem. While the issue is being discussed in the parliament, we want the people of İzmir to watch those meetings. We will fix this problem. I wish you to live in peace in these beautiful houses.”
He explained the ongoing work in 6 regions
Speaking at the ceremony, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, said that they have opened a brand new page in the humane and nature-friendly transformation of Izmir. Emphasizing that they will establish one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Izmir, the President Tunç Soyer“Izmir's old building stock is one of the main problems of our city. We know this very well. It is not easy to organize this planlessness that has occurred over a period of more than half a century. We have started our work on an area of 248 hectares in six regions in order to solve this problem and to ensure that every citizen of İzmir has the safe and healthy housing they deserve.” Explaining that they carried out the transformation of İzmir step by step in Gaziemir, Ege Mahallesi, Uzundere, Ballıkuyu, Çiğli Güzeltepe and Örnekköy, Mayor Soyer stated that they are working with all their might to build a young İzmir. President Soyer,
Expressing that they take the transformation as a basis in their urban transformation works with one hundred percent consensus, he also reminded that they carry out the projects with the assurance and guarantor of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.
“Our citizens became the contractors of their own buildings”
Reminding that they put the cooperative model they implemented in many areas into practice for the citizens who were in a difficult situation after the October 30 earthquake, Mayor Soyer said, “We saw that our people are thirsty for a public administration approach that they can trust and rely on. With the cooperative model, our citizens became the contractors of their own buildings, and we, as the Metropolitan Municipality, stood by them at all stages. We have proven once again that we can overcome anything when we come together. We believe that we will build Turkey's future together, with a common mind. President Soyer concluded his speech with the following words: “I would like to express my gratitude to our President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who gave us strength, encouraged us all with his courage, and gave hope to İzmir and all of Turkey.”
Emphasis on the example of Izmir in urban transformation
Business People Gaziemir Housing Building Cooperative President Serdar Deniz also stated that thanks to the transformation works, the city will be renewed in a modern way in solidarity, “Whenever Izmir has a problem, the people of Izmir do not hold back. The Izmir model is also important in urban transformation. It is a model in which we solve projects that have been waiting for years and that are not progressing with solidarity. In other words, it is the model in which he cut his own belly. As business people from Izmir, we put our hands under the responsibility. The people of Izmir trusted us, and we will be worthy of this trust. We will complete and deliver the houses in a short time," he said.
“I am very happy today, urban transformation begins”
Gaziemir Mayor Halil Arda said, “I have seen what has happened in this neighborhood for 15 years. For 15 years, there has been an ordeal regarding urban transformation. I am very happy today, urban transformation is starting. Citizens are experiencing spring here. Under the leadership of our CHP Chairman, all of Turkey will experience the spring," he said.
A new life in Gaziemir
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality subsidiary İZBETON A.Ş. and Business People Gaziemir Housing Building Cooperative on February 28, 2022, a protocol was signed to start the construction of the first phase. In the first phase consisting of 7 blocks, 275 residences and 15 workplaces will be built. When the work, which will be carried out on an area of 151 thousand square meters with a cost of approximately 39 million liras, is completed, citizens will have access to earthquake-resistant and healthy housing. In the second phase, approximately 300 independent units will be built. When the project is completed, approximately 10 thousand residences, workplaces, tourism and trade units will be built in the region.
President Tunç Soyer Grand Petrol Ürünleri Construction Ready-Mixed Concrete Special Education Services Tourism Auto Industry and Trade Limited Company, which won the tender for the construction of the second stage on July 27, 2022, signed the contract to start the construction works.