Wroclaw's run-down Wzgórze Partyzantów looks set for a lease of new life after it was handed back to the city yesterday.
Back in the 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 in January that Retropol were indeed guilty of breaching the contract. Retropol predictably launched an appeal against the verdict, however that was rejected yesterday.
With Wzgórze Partyzantów now back in public hands, the focus has now turned towards its renovation.
Yesterday afternoon Wrocław City Council spokesman Arkadiusz Filipowski confirmed the council's intention to make Wzgórze Partyzantów a tourist area again: "It is too early to talk about the dates and costs of any work, but one thing is for certain: the hill, under the supervision of conservators, will undergo an overhaul. It will be an open place for residents and tourists."