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The Maardu-Iru region will strive to become an even more important industrial and logistics centre in the years to come

In the immediate vicinity of the ever-growing Tallinn, Maardu, and especially the Vana-Narva road and the Iru area, is expected to be reborn in the years to come. Due to the completion of the Väo junction and several other important infrastructure projects, the potential of the region is growing, which makes it increasingly attractive for various companies in the production and logistics sector.

According to Maardu Mayor Vladimir Arhipov, the Väo junction, which is currently under construction, will eliminate the bottleneck of the Peterburi tee and Tallinn roundabout road junction and connect the Maardu-Iru region with the major surrounding highways. “In addition, Vana-Narva road and Saha-Loo road became state-owned this summer, and the Road Administration (Maanteamet) is now responsible for their development, where the respective reconstruction projects have already been initiated, and the construction will start no later than 2022,” said Arhipov. “In essence, this means that in just a few years, all roads and intersections passing through the area will be fully modernized with safe traffic solutions, street lighting and pedestrian roads,” Arhipov adds. 

As stated by Arhipov, when it comes to real estate developments, mostly warehousing and logistics companies are currently joining the region, but in the near future, more and more production units will find their place here. “Due to the proximity of urban and residential areas, we still encourage the addition of greener production units to the region. However, as it is in the current general plan, and in the new general plan of the city of Maardu, the Vana-Narva road area will remain almost entirely as commercial and production land,” confirmed the mayor of Maardu. 

The interest of logistics and production companies in the region is easy to understand, as it features a very good location in terms of logistics. Apart from the access to the Tallinn-Narva highway and the Tallinn roundabout road, Muuga Harbour is located a few kilometres away, from where RO-RO trade with the Helsinki cargo port starts and a multimodal cargo terminal is also being emerged. Of course, the attractiveness of the area is also enhanced by the construction of the Rail Baltic. “As it is a historically industrial area, many properties in the area also have direct access to branch railways,” Arhipov adds.

In the opinion of Tarmo Rammo, sales manager of Favorte, which is developing a commercial building of approximately 10,000 square meters by the Vana-Narva road, mainly companies in the manufacturing sector have been interested in the building. “Compared to other sectors, production companies look at a longer perspective when choosing a location, because moving production requires significantly more time and money compared to moving an office. In this region, manufacturing companies assess the future perspective, first of all, in terms of the development of the general working environment. In view of the growth of export capacity, the most important argument is convenient access to all transport corridors – be it road, rail or nearby cargo port,” Rammo explained.

“The general plan of the city is the most important document in terms of the spatial development and with the new general plan, we can set precise construction conditions for the development of the Vana-Narva road industrial area. It allows developers to build new buildings or expand existing ones under certain conditions without drawing up a detailed plan, which significantly reduces bureaucracy and simplifies administration,” said Arhipov about the growing interest of companies and developers in the region. In addition, according to Arhipov, the city of Maardu will soon adopt a new public water supply and sewerage development plan, which will set priorities for the construction of technical networks in the Vana-Narva road area.
More information about the named commercial building can be found at: Gross area of Iru Ärikeskus (Iru Business Centre) is 9870,1 m2 and the end of construction has been planned into the IV quarter of 2021. The building's layout is mostly focused on production and warehouse premises, but smaller office units will also be built.