Wroclaw's run-down Wzgórze Partyzantów looks set for a lease of new life after it was adjudged the company who own the property should hand it back to the city.
Back in Breslau era before WW2, Wzgórze Partyzantów was one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. The illustration below shows the building in its full splendour and indicates exactly why its renovation could pave the way for another coveted tourist attraction in Wroclaw.
The tower in the picture above was removed during WWII so it could not be used as a reference point, however the rest of the building remains (albeit in a very poor condition).
According to Gazeta Wroclawksa, back in 1990 the Retropol company secured themselves a massive 40 year lease for Wzgórze Partyzantów. The city signed the agreement on the basis that Retropol would renovate the building as part of their plans to turn it into a prized wedding venue and restaurant. However nothing ever came of the plans, and Wzgórze Partyzantów has progressively deteriorated over the years.
The city eventually decided to take legal action due to the lack of progress, arguing that Retropol were in breach of contract.
Then after two and half years of legal wrangling, the court decided yesterday that Retropol were indeed guilty of breaching the contract. As a result, the property will return to public hands – paving they way for Wzgórze Partyzantów to be potentially restored to its former glory.
Having said that, the possibility of an appeal still exists, and if Retropol do choose to lodge an appeal the process of restoring Wzgórze Partyzantów could be delayed still further.