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Government finalizes HUF 200 bln Liget Budapest project

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The Hungarian government finalized plans last week for the Liget Budapest project, a HUF 200 bln investment to build a new museum quarter in the capitalʼs City Park (Városliget), ministerial commissioner for the project László Baán told Parliamentʼs cultural committee today.

The Liget Budapest projectʼs original plan involved setting up five museums for Hungarian music, fine arts, architecture, ethnography and photography within City Park.

Under the plan finalized at a cabinet session last week, the ethnography museum would be built at a different site than originally planned and the architecture and photography museums are no longer part of the Liget project and will be built elsewhere in Budapest, Baán told the committee.

A new component of the plan includes rebuilding the City Park Theatre, which was demolished in 1952, in its original Art Nouveau style at the site where it once stood, on the corner of Dózsa György and Ajtósi Dürer roads.

Phase one of the project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2018 and the second phase by summer 2019.

The ministerial commissioner said the investment is expected to attract an additional 300,000 tourists a year and provide a return on investment in 15 years.

In response to criticisms from parties and civil organizations, Baán said all the investments will be implemented in place of buildings set to be demolished, or on existing concrete surfaces.

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