Komsomolskaya and Solnechny streets area had to be public center
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Komsomolskaya and Solnechny streets area had to be public center

December 23, 2021

In December, the outskirts of Norilsk, Solnechny passage, turned 55 years old.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. On December 16, 1966, the city authorities decided to call the passage from Komsomolskaya street in the direction of the TV studio – Solnechny. The first houses of the passage – № 1, 3, 5 and 11 – were built even earlier – in 1964-1966, initially they belonged to Komsomolskaya street.

The bright name of the new street at that time corresponded to reality: the future 10th microdistrict was covered in summer with chamomiles and rose hips, and the main attraction was lake Utinoe (means Duck), which stretched from the TV center hill almost to the Komsomolskaya roadway, from the current Main Post Office to the Solnechny store.

At first, they wanted to fit the lake into the urban development – they planned to make a central stadium with a boat station nearby. Later they decided to fill it up and build a new community center in its place.

It was there, between Komsomolskaya street and Solnechny passage, that a new cultural and social center was to be formed, the third one after Leninsky prospekt and Metallurgov square.

There were several global development projects in that area. Architects proposed to build residential areas, a swimming pool, sports grounds, a cinema, a restaurant, and a department store with a supermarket there.

The Public Service House, the Trade House, and the Justice House on Komsomolskaya street are the ‘splinters’ of one of those construction options. However, a single architectural complex hasn’t worked out there.

The latest attempt for building a public center is being implemented now – the improvement of the park near Dolgoye lake with various options for the construction of public buildings.

In the last issue of the History Spot photo project, we told about fires raging in Norilsk in the 1960s.

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Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

December 23, 2021

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