The construction of a new shopping-entertainment centre expected to employ some 1,500 people over the next few years has started in Mejasima neighbourhood in Split.
The new building that would change and "urbanise" the neighbourhood will open in spring 2013. The investors Tulipan group plan to build residential and business properties together with the shopping centre.
The project has a goal to revive and urbanise the eastern part of Split and form the first planned urban neighbourhood, daily Vecernji List writes.
Just the shopping centre's value is estimated at 175 million Euros. The city can expect more than 42 million kunas (5.6 million Euros) to pour into its cash registers just from the utilities.
The investors agreed to build six roads in the neighbourhood once they had secured the contract for the shopping centre that is expected to host some 200 businesses. More than half of the business spaces have already been rented.
The company plans to hire 500 people to work just on the construction of the 180,000 square-metre property over the next 16 months. The centre is expected to have over 1,500 employees once it is finished.