A rendering of Mechelininkatu, a view to the north

City Council approves detailed plan for Maria 01 startup campus

The Helsinki City Council approved a revision of the detailed plan for the site of the Maria 01 startup community at the City Council meeting of 9 September 2020. The revised detailed plan enables the development of the site into a uniform business park. The goal is to develop and to expand the site of the Maria 01 startup community into the largest startup campus in Northern Europe, in accordance with the Helsinki City Strategy. 

The detailed plan revision relates to the site of the former Maria Hospital, the local street areas and the southern part of the Baana express bikeway. The detailed plan enables a significant volume of office infill construction and the development of the area into a uniform business park. The goal is to develop and to expand the Maria 01 startup community situated in the northern section of the area into the largest startup campus in Northern Europe, as outlined in the Helsinki City Strategy. Office plots were reserved in the area’s southern section in 2020 for the construction company YIT and the pensions provider Keva for the planning of a startup campus.

The area’s history and cultural values will be best preserved in the northern section of the area, where the building stock featuring high historical and cultural values will be protected, and the buildings will be redefined for new uses as part of the area-wide startup campus. According to plan, the old hospital buildings in the southern section of the area will be removed. The detailed plan solution is accompanied by a transport and traffic plan, according to which cycling routes on the street of Mechelininkatu will be rendered more functional, and new pedestrian and cycling routes will be provided across the former hospital site.

The implementation of the new detailed plan solution will incur costs, for example, from the demolition and removal of buildings, alterations to Baana, green areas, and the construction of a new bridge to provide an extension to the street of Lastenkodinkatu. The bridge construction is estimated to cost 1.5 million euros, the green areas and plazas about one million euros, and the buildings to be demolished or removed about 3.5–4 million euros. Further costs will be incurred from the construction of a parking facility in the bedrock (1.2–2 million euros according to a preliminary estimate) and the construction of a pedestrian and cycling tunnel (9.5–13.5 million euros according to a preliminary estimate).

The detailed plan revision raises the value of local plots. The value of new building rights for the southern section of the area is about 35 million euros. The revenue from plots to the City of Helsinki will be specified as further negotiations are finalized and agreement is reached on cost sharing.

Animated debates on initiatives put forward by City Councillors 

The City Council meeting of 9 September included debates on several initiatives put forward by City Councillors. Extensive debates were aroused by a prohibition on the right to transfer leases in City rental housing, by rendering travel cards gender neutral, and by special needs education in general upper secondary schools. The debates and the entire City Council meeting are available on demand on the City of Helsinki video channel at helsinkikanava.fi (in Finnish). 

All decisions of the City Council meeting are available on the decisions release page. A decisions release is posted on the page until meeting minutes are published. City Council meeting minutes are available here. (All pages and documents are in Finnish.)