Nagoya says arrivederci to Italian Village

Nagoya Italian Village 2

On June 2, the Nagoya Port Authority announced plans to remove the last remaining structures from the former Italian Village. Demolition is expected to cost 330 million.

The Italian Village shopping mall opened in Nagoya’s port side area in 2005, the same year that Turin was announced as one of Nagoya’s sister cities. The 31,000 sqm site included a reproduction of a Venice canal complete with authentic gondolas imported from Italy, a replica of the San Marco Square, a replica of the Statue of David, and a replica of the Bocca della Verita. Many of the 80 specialty stores featured Italian goods and groceries.

The mall was developed under a private finance initiative between the Nagoya Port Authority and Cest la vie Holdings Corporation. In its first year of operations, it had over 4.2 million visitors. By 2008, this number had halved and the operators filed for bankruptcy.

Tepco to sell apartment building in Nagoya

As part of their restructuring in order to pay compensation to victims of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster, Tepco will be selling an apartment building they own in Nagoya City.

“Solcher Tsurumai” is a 14-storey, 2 basement apartment complex that was built in 1999. It has a total floor area of 22,000 sqm and is on a 3500 sqm site. There is a supermarket on the 1st floor and residential units from the 2nd floor and above. Tepco purchased the building in 2001 through their subsidiary, Toden Real Estate.

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