Eyesore of an apartment bloc in Havlíčkův Brod to be torn down
Pre-fabricated apartment blocs known in the Czech Republic as paneláky (panel buildings) were once the Soviet ideal and countless thousands were built in Czechoslovakia from the 1950s until 1989. Now, for the first time, one such bloc of homes will be demolished strictly for aesthetic reasons. The Southeast Bohemian town of Havlíčkův Brod has confirmed that a low-rise smack in the town centre – considered an eyesore for years – will soon be a thing of the past.
Libor Honzárek, a local councilman, says that obviously pre-fab buildings were needed in the past but says no town deserved this.
The process, of course, was not easy: before it could move forward with any plans the town needed to first secure new apartments for the building’s inhabitants. And some, not surprisingly, complained it was not an easy decision to leave. All the same Libor Honzárek argues the residents came around. The councilman again:
“We saw the problem of moving as a very sensitive one and one that took two or three years to resolve. We had to make a wide range of homes, owned by the town, available for consideration and while, when the time came many were sad to move out, some have since said they are very happy with the homes they got.”