The Estonian state real estate management company RKAS would like to develop the property of the former Patarei Sea Fortress-Prison together with the private sector and estimates that reconstruction and upkeep of the compound could run approximately 150 million euros over 30 years.
The detailed plan being processed for the 3.6-hectare property sandwiched between Kalaranna Street and the Baltic Sea calls for the renovation of the heritage-protected Patarei Sea Fortress and finding contemporary uses for it. The plan also provides for the possibility of erecting residential buildings up to five stories in height next to the fortress building.
Patarei Sea Fortress-Prison, which was completed in 1840, was built on the order of Russian Emperor Nicholas I. Originally intended for use as a sea fortress, the complex was used as a barracks until the collapse of the Russian Empire. From 1920 until 2002, it was used as a prison by various regimes, and the main part of the complex was declared a cultural monument of the Republic of Estonia in May 1997. The complex was closed to the public in October of this year.
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