This Saturday (28/02/15) Arbanasi will host celebrations to mark Todorovden for the 25th consecutive year. On Todorovden people with names like Todor and Theodore have their names celebrated; also according to old traditions many horse races are being organized throughout the country. The festivities in Arbanasi will start at 11 am in the village square. The organizers behind the celebrations have prepared 300 kebapcheta and 30 litres of wine for the visitors and are promising a day full of fun for everyone; there will be also a variety of activities and events. A local singing group will be performing live to keep the good spirits up.
Like previous years there will be a horse procession along the streets of the village. 26 beautiful horses will parade in front of the gathered audience; also an exquisite phaeton will be displayed. Gina the Pony will be there to make the youngest visitors happy. There will also be a contest for the most beautifully adorned horse.
The plans the Government had to build a high-speed road between Veliko Tarnovo and Ruse have changed. The Regional Development Minister, Lilyana Pavlova, announced last week that it was decided that a motorway will connect the towns. The planning process will start this year and the Road Infrastructure Agency will allocate 4 million leva of its budget to the project. If funding is secured the motorway could be ready as early as 2020 according to Pavlova.
The Government hopes to find financing under the Juncker Investment Plan. Further talks will be held with the European Investment Bank for the motorway project to be included in the future European transport corridors operational programme which is to replace the current Transit Roads V which is funded by the bank.
Initial plans for the Hemus Highway to pass 30 km away from Veliko Tarnovo have been abandoned and it is now official that the motorway will be built just 15 km away from Veliko Tarnovo. It will connect Varna with the capital Sofia and will run near the village of Polikraishte, north of V.T. A major junction will also be constructed; Hemus Highway will intersect there with the future Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Motorway (for which I am going to tell you more in the next couple of days).
According to the Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova the change of the route is economically well-grounded – tourist flow, transit traffic to and from Europe through the Danube Bridge, as well as the airport in Gorna Oryahovitsa are the factors that tipped the balance in favour of the new route.
Municipality funded dog kennels will be opened near Veliko Tarnovo in June. They will host up to 250 canines. The construction of the kennels is expect to cost 100,000 euro . The premises are currently being finished – more shelters are being erected; each dog will have a doghouse of its own the shelters.
Six people will take care of the dogs once the place starts running – a veterinary doctor who will double as a manager and 5 dog carers. The premises were carefully chosen so that it conforms to the established requirements such as humane animal treatment, close proximity to town but at the same time distant enough so that the noise doesn’t cause inconvenience to the public. The kennels are hosted in a wooded area and have live guard.
The annual budget of kennels is set on 30,000 euro. Sick and aggressive stray dogs will be the first to be collected off the streets; they will be treated at the animal infirmary at the premises. Dogs will not be castrated though. Frequent adoption campaigns will be held and the kennels will also have a Facebook page.
A major renovation of Veliko Tarnovo High Street has been schedules for the spring according to a local newspaper. The last time any improvements were done was more than half a century ago. Reconstruction works will span from the Central Post Office all the way to the Farmers’ Market. The street has sound and solid foundation and that’s why it lasted so long considering that it was built in the time of socialism; so initial estimations show that fixing the street won’t cost that much – only 100,000 euro. The plan of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality to close off the street for vehicles and convert it into a pedestrians-only promenade is now completely abandoned. Beside the street itself the sidewalks will also be redone. The reconstruction is expected to be completed within 2-3 months of its initiation.
The secretive investor willing to operate the Gorna Oryahovitsa airport, near Veliko Tarnovo, was disclosed to be an American. The foreigner wants to run the airfield for the next 35 years. The investor owns the Geri Holding Company operating primarily in Italy.
The businessman deposited his investment plan last October; reportedly he will put 14 million euro towards the airport and will open between 350 and 400 new jobs. The newly employed staff will undergo training and will acquire the needed qualification in Italy. The investor is said to intend to set up an aircraft maintenance and repairs hangar.
The American entrepreneur also shows interest in agricultural land around Polikraishte where, according to the leaked information, he will built greenhouses and will export the ready produce with his own planes. Cargo flights will be in the focus of the new airport concessioner as well.
The managing team at the airport confirmed that representatives of the Italian company have visited the airport to collect up-to date information about the state of the airport.
Veliko Tarnovo is one of ten Bulgarian towns which witness an increase in the price of properties; the rise is minimal though. According to data from the National Statistics Institute asking price for apartments in Veliko Tarnovo marks a climb of 2.1% on a yearly basis. Deals were completed at an average of 365 euro per sqm in 2013 and at 373 euros per sqm in 2014. Prices in the Old Capital are two times lower than those in Sofia
Prices in the last trimester of 2014 were 378 euros per sqm compared with 375 in the third trimester meaning that there is a slow but steady growth in the figures.
The forth trimester saw the same trend in 13 other Bulgarian towns. The most expensive properties remain in Sofia, following by Varna and Burgas.