Savonkatu

The most refreshing blocks in Helsinki

For work, living, and city life

Over the next few years, we aim to convert an urban, lively area into Savonkatu, a unique, carbon-neutral hub for jobs, stores, squares, parks, workspaces, housing, and other services. At roughly seven acres in size, the area has been designed to bring more life to the Alppila, Konepaja and Keski-Pasila regions. The new construction will take place mainly along the avenue, establishing an urban street space.

What makes Savonkatu special is the fact that it will be developed into a carbon neutral area in close cooperation with local residents, which means that you can influence how the area gets built. Explore the area and take part in the design of Helsinki’s most refreshing neighborhood!

What is it about?

Savonkatu – the intersection between the Alppila, Konepaja and Keski-Pasila region – is changing. We are creating a new neighborhood area that will serve the local population and the environment. The goal of this ambitious project is to introduce a new way of building a carbon-neutral Helsinki.

The street area is being developed together with local residents and key actors to become a communal, shared and supportive economy, and a cozy part of the north-expanding Helsinki center. This means that you have a genuine opportunity to influence the development of the area.

Our goal is for there to be squares and parks, services for local residents, and jobs and housing for thousands of people. According to the development terms, the buildings will be placed by the street. The cliff areas will be preserved as broadly as possible, with an emphasis on how residents use the cliffs and parks in the development area. Construction in the area is planned to start in 2023 at the earliest, but there’s a lot scheduled to happen before that.

How is the project progressing?

At the start of 2021, we will be organizing various ways of influencing Savonkatu’s development plans for the local residents and others interested in the topic.

Based on information obtained in our first phase, we will draft alternative plans for interaction and comments from the public. Feedback can be provided through the ‘Kerro kantasi’ (‘voice your opinion’) website. Based on the comments, we will prepare a more detailed regional plan as a basis for the local detailed plan.

The development reservation for the Savonkatu area was approved by the City Board of Helsinki on January 11, 2021. You can find out more detailed terms and conditions of the development reservation here.

  • Winter-Spring 2021

    • Helsinki granted a development reservation to the area. Beginning the development process together with the city residents

    • You can participate in surveys and interviews on the website. The city residents were able to participate in a map-based survey and street interviews. You can find the results of the surveys and interviews here: Map survey results: See Results

    • The project was presented in Uutta kantakaupunkia -event on March 17th.

    • Initial planning begins.

  • Summer 2021- Winter 2022

    • An online event for the residents was arranged on Wednesday, June 2nd. The event consisted of information about the development reservation, results from the resident surveys and -interviews, baseline for the development and progress of the planning process.

    • Layout planning and initial reports.

    • Traffic review in the area and mobile data-based measurements in the parks of the development area will be completed.

  • Spring 2022

    • Town planning in the area begins. The participation- and evaluation plan and the draft preparation material will be available to the public.

    • You can comment on the alternative plans for the area at the Voice your opinion –website.

    • The plans will be introduced to the public at an event for the residents.

  • Spring 2023

    • Using the comments received on the plan options, we will prepare a more detailed regional plan as the basis for the final city plan.

    • The city plan will be taken to the Helsinki decision-making unit for interaction with the city residents and other stakeholders.

  • Autumn 2023-

    • The earliest point at which construction of the Savonkatu area can start.

According to the preliminary idea, Savonkatu’s presence would serve to expand the Helsinki city center northwards. Apartments, offices, and teaching and business premises would bring more life to the Alppila, Konepaja and Keski-Pasila regions. Explore the area, get involved and make an impact.

How can you make a difference?

The foundation of the Savonkatu area development project is participation. Through conversations and interactions between local residents, various actors and development project representatives, we are designing and building a new urban area that feels unique.

We plan to gather views through several channels at different stages of the project. Among other things, we organize surveys, interviews, a virtual cross-country walk and a residents' event. For more information on what is happening and when, visit this website.

Based on information obtained in our first phase, we will draft alternative plans for interaction and comments from the public. Feedback can be provided through the ‘Kerro kantasi’ (‘voice your opinion’) website. Based on the comments, we will prepare a more detailed regional plan as a basis for the local detailed plan.

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