Tallink entertainment complex hits brick wall

Shipping group has waited eight years to build Tallink City



Baltic ferry giant Tallink has expressed its frustration after waiting for eight years for Tallinn’s city government to decide whether to give the go-ahead for a €100 million entertainment complex. The government has finally approved the project.

The shipping group wants to build Tallink City in Lasnamäe, a high-rise suburb east of the Estonian capital’s city centre, on up to 60,000sqm of leasable land. It had originally intended the complex to open in 2010.

“This seems to be the new norm in Estonia that it takes years for local authorities to handle planning,” Ain Hanschmidt, chairman of Infortar, Tallink’s main shareholder, told the newspaper Eesti Päevaleht.

He rejected the idea that approval had taken so long because Tallink’s owners had not donated to the Centre Party, a left-wing party in control of the city of Tallinn.

“Estonian bureaucracy is simply so slow. After all, 100 million is a lot of money and we would also not rush with the plan. But I did not expect it to take quite so long,” he said.

BBN / Eesti Päevaleht

[pictured: A visualisation of Tallink City]