Kharkiv Anti-Corruption Centre published the contract details on the reconstruction of a famous building on Pavlivska Square, 4. The contract was concluded between the Construction and Roads Department of the Kharkiv City Council and a building company which had won the similar tender before.
The members of Anti-Corruption Center report that the cost of the reconstruction is about $6.8 million (180.745 million hryvnias) and the planned work includes erecting two additional floors of metal constructions and double-glazed windows.
The activists got indignant about the fact that the city authorities keep changing the architectural monuments of the city without consulting the experts on historical heritage and start reconstructing the building which is protected by the state.
Also, the high cost of the reconstruction and the tender winners who are related to the Kharkiv mayor Hennady Kernes stirred a wave of complaints.
The house was built in 1912 by architect Borys Korneenko, and presents distinguishing features of Ukrainian folk architecture with a bust of Taras Shevchenko installed in a niche. In the beginning, it was called the Peasant House, which was used as a hotel. Currently, it is known as BTI building, as it hosts the Bureau of Technical Inventory.
The reconstruction is planned to have been completed by the end of next year.
The activists found and spread the information about the contract due to the Prozorro public e-procurement system which was launched in 2015 as the result of the reform of government procurement in Ukraine.
Text: Olena Sokolynska
Photo: Anti-Corruption Centre