Business news from Ukraine


Only innovative entrepreneurs can buy apartments in UNIT.City Innovation Park. Vasyl Khmelnytsky, an entrepreneur and founder of UNIT.City, made this statement in an interview for AIN. “We have already built and sold about three million square meters and know this market well. We want to turn the idea into reality: to sell apartments only to people who promote innovations. When they go out for a walk here in the evening, they will start discussing something and can come up with a brilliant idea together. We see a blue ocean in it: we create the enabling environment where a success case can meet another success case, resulting in something greater. This is an experiment,” the businessman underlined.
He said he realized that such approach would put some restrictions on the company and narrow down a range of potential buyers. However, it is essential for him to make UNIT.City a home for visionaries, not for officials or people who deal with trade or cash-out transactions.
Vasyl Khmelnytsky placed emphasis that UNIT.City meant not simply buildings, but a big infrastructure facility focused on innovations and education.
When asked if people who deal with IT innovations and earn €20,000-40,000 a year can afford housing in UNIT.City, Mr Khmelnytsky said that it would be quite possible. With $1,500 per square meter, a 50 sq m apartment would cost $75,000. With a four-year installment plan offered by the businessman, it would cost about $20,000 a year.
According to Vasyl Khmelnytsky, UNIT.City is a long-term project where one can expect return on investment in several years only. Therefore, it is hard to go without international partners. To this end, the company has initially focused on global standards in construction technologies and transparency in financing.
The businessman pointed out that he planned to extend these practices to other regions of Ukraine. The company has already started building UNIT.City in Lviv and plans to do so in Kharkiv. Vasyl Khmelnytsky said $50 million has been invested in the project up to date. According to his estimates, total investment will amount to $700-800 million to be partly financed with office rental income and sales of apartments.
Vasyl Khmelnytsky said he had a strategy to develop UNIT.City. The park is expected to be completed in 2025. However, much depends on the demand for buildings and on the political environment, he said.
“UNIT.City is now completing two buildings, with 75% of each being already commissioned. This is an excellent performance for the local market, as it is typical for Ukraine to commission buildings for two years. Now we have a request for several new buildings at once, so a couple of construction projects are underway simultaneously. However, tomorrow something can happen, for example, the political situation will change in the country, bringing our entire strategy down. Our further actions may change. Therefore, I do not make any fixed plans. The company has the opportunity to build residential facilities here for two years or for five years — everything will depend on the demand,” Mr Khmelnytsky said, describing the project in a nutshell.

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Ukraine Power Resources and Yuzhne Energy intend to build wind power plants with an installed capacity of 120 and 72 megawatts in the Lymansky district of Odesa region, the press service of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) has said, following the signing of a memorandum between these companies and Odesa Regional State Administration.
According to UWEA estimates, the total investment in these two projects will be about EUR 270 million.
The press service did not say when the projects would be implemented.
Ukraine Power Resources was founded by American Peter A. Gish and Yuzhne Energy by Lithuanian Egidijus Simutis.

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a project on organization of passenger traffic between Kyiv city and the Boryspil international airport. It will take 13 months and a half to implement the project, which cost is UAH 583.238 million (in the prices as of May 2, 2018). According to the document, which has been sent to Interfax-Ukraine, construction works would cost UAH 428.478 million, equipment and furniture – UAH 37.755 million and other expenses – UAH 117 million.
The total exploitation length of the section between Kyiv Pasazhysky station and Boryspil airport is 37.4 km. The project is divided into two stages. The cost of the first stage is UAH 502.947 million. It is planned to build 3.7 km of railway track, one new stop and a flyover railway line of 272 meters long in six months.
In addition, two passenger platforms with open-door passenger shelters near Terminal D of the airport and an open-door gallery between the passenger shelter and Terminal D of 150 meters long.
The cost of the second stage is UAH 80.291 million. A new stop, a high passenger platform near the flyover railway line of 160 meters longs will be built in seven months and a half.

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Lviv IT Cluster, an association of IT companies, is launching a project to build an IT Village housing estate, designed for 133 private homes for IT specialists, IT Cluster’s press service has reported. “IT Village will become a new town for IT professionals and a community of people with common interests. The complex with a total area of 17 hectares will consist of 133 separate houses in the village of Nahoriany in Pustomyty district, 9 km from Lviv,” the report said.
Construction will start in August-September 2018, the whole project is to be completed in 2-2.5 years.
The project is non-commercial and offers IT professionals houses with an area of 140 square meters to 350 square meters and a cost from $89,700 to $276,500. Additional infrastructure of the town includes a common recreation area, a sports field for children, a private park, a kindergarten and a supermarket.
The general contractor of IT Village is Lvivbud construction company, which previously participated in the IT House project.
As reported, Lviv IT Cluster plans to build Innovation District IT Park between the streets Stryiska, Chmoly, Luhanska and Kozelnytska in Lviv. The project provides for six eight-storey office buildings and two business centers, as well as a hotel, a kindergarten, a university, a fitness complex and a parking lot for 3,167 cars. The total area of the site is 10 hectares, the area of offices is 82,300 square meters, the area of the retail and service area is 12,900 square meters.

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Lviv-based municipal enterprise Zelene Misto (Green City) has announced a tender to build a solid household waste treatment facility in Lviv.
The respective invitation for prequalification is posted on the website of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which finances the project.
The potential participants should meet the following requirements: to have annual turnover of at least EUR 38 million in the past three years and at least two similar successful projects. These projects should be implemented in the past seven years for the amount of at least EUR 11 million each.
In addition, the potential participants should successfully operate the similar complex built by applicants for at least two years.
The prequalification documents must be duly completed and delivered on or before 17:00 local time on July 9, 2018. The prequalification is to be completed in August. The winner will be selected in October 2018.
The treatment facility with a throughput capacity up to 250,000 tonnes of waste a year should be built in 24 months.
As reported, on June 1, 2018, Lviv city and the EBRD signed an agreement for EUR 35 million to build the solid household waste treatment facility, including a EUR 25 million loan and a UAH 10 million grant.

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The Intergal-Bud construction company (Kyiv) plans to boost housing construction 1.5-fold in 2018, to 250,000 square meters, Commercial Director Hanna Layevska has said. “In total, we plan to introduce about 250,000 square meters of housing in 2018. In 2017, we actually commissioned 170,000 square meters. This year we plan to launch at least five new facilities, which are mainly located in the downtown areas and in the Holosiyivsky district of Kyiv. These are Vystavkovy residential complex, Lukyanivsky Cascade residential complex, and a few more facilities that are in the design and construction phase,” she told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to Layevska, this year the company intends to finish the construction of Parkovi Ozera, Yaskravy, Otradny and Demiyivka residential complexes in Kyiv.
According to the commercial director of Intergal-Bud, prices for many properties in the first five months of 2018 grew by 10-12% in U.S. dollars. According to her, in the first half-year of 2018, purchases of apartments with 100% payment decreased and the share of installments and lending contracts increased.
At the same time, despite the price increase, the company’s sales pace in 2018 increased by more than one third compared to 2017, Layevska said. According to the commercial director, a major challenge for developers in 2018 is a lack of general contractors.
Intergal-Bud construction company LLC was founded in 2006. It is subsidiary of Lviv subsidiary established in 2003.

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