The regeneration project foresees the creation of Aleksotas Innovation Industry Park (AIIP). The AIIP territory is located in Aleksotas eldership in Kaunas (approx. 293k (2021) inhabitants). Kaunas is a modern and constantly growing city, attractive for living, studying, leisure, working and containing a huge potential regarding innovation. The city plays an active role in the implementation of the National Progress Plan for 2021–2030 and greatly focuses on knowledge, advanced technologies and innovation-based sustainable economic development. One of the most representative projects is the AIIP.
The AIIP territory, which used to be a military base, is being converted into an industry area seeking to create a vibrant hub for innovation. With an extensive timeline divided in four stages, the AIIP development started in 2018 is meant to last until 2046. The AIIP will be the first innovation industry park in the city oriented towards low carbon companies that create high intellectual added value like scientific research and experimental development projects. Over 1,000 jobs will be created for scientists, skilled researchers and other professionals. It is expected to attract about 90 million euros of private capital investment to Kaunas. The park should be a catalyst for the regeneration of the area, stimulating the conversion of the surrounding warehouse and industrial zones as well as encouraging the renewal of residential areas.
In 2020 the AIIP development received the status of National importance project by the Government of Lithuania.
This pilot is in a very preliminary stage; the Development Plan, which is the main document that will define the guidelines for the developers and investors coming into the AIIP, is expected to be ready by the summer of 2022.
Since there is still some way ahead until AIIP starts operating, there is time to think about and search for the options that would be beneficial and set some guidelines for meanwhile uses in this park. Although it is still early to indicate specific meanwhile uses to be implemented in the park, a number of cultural and design activities, such as a ‘circular design hub’, could be foreseen.
These uses could encourage both the citizens of Kaunas and future investors to look at the former aviation site from a different perspective. Meanwhile uses can help attract people to the territory and invite them to discover it while showcasing its potential.
Our key goal of temporary and meanwhile use is to keep up with the R&D spirit of this area and to foster the ideas that would be beneficial to AIIP residents.
T – factor project is expected to boost the synergy regarding the benefits between building the physical infrastructures to fit investors’ needs and the creation of a vibrant hub where businesses and creative and cultural actors can settle and collaborate.
June → September, 2021
September → December, 2021
January, 2022 → November, 2023
December, 2023 → May, 2024
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