Cluj-Napoca Mayor, Emil Boc, has expressed his dissatisfaction regarding the “Real Estate Kings of Cluj-Napoca” and the fact that multiple places in the city have been extensively developed into property in order to fuel profit, instead of helping to improve the quality of life for the residents.
He said that even if people who profit from real estate are affected by the creation of green spaces and those who are requesting building permits “attack” him for his view, “The city of Cluj must have the following principle: We create places for people, not for profit! Although what I say may not be popular, or many will attack me, but this must be the direction of a city that is in the public interest.”
He acknowledged that of course, profit must exist but that it must work in accordance with the public interest. “Parks not profit. Mobility and not the immediate profit of the private. I explain to investors that start real estate projects in vain, if people will be stuck in the street and will not be able to move, because you will destroy the quality of life and nobody will buy apartments there. We better think about mobility, so that people can move, there are alternatives and then to build new real estate developments, which will increase the quality of life.”
Examples of where quality of life has been ignored include the 10-storey block, constructed in front of Grand Hotel Italia, by billionaire real estate developer Chimu Căpușan and the Gadola family, who have constructed the Sophia Residence complex behind Bonjour Residence, bringing hundreds of cars which congest the roads, making it very difficult to commune from the Buna-Ziua neighbourhood.