ArmInfo. Following the explosion of the first printing-house building, the Armenian Ministry of Culture will come out with a legislative initiative to qualify the 100- year-old buildings as a cultural value, Minister of Culture Armen Amiryan told reporters on November 7.
"After the relevant document is adopted, the owners of the 100-year-old buildings shall maintain them as cultural monuments," Amiryan said, noting that he has already given the relevant instructions related to elaboration of the draft law.
To note, following the demolition of the first printing-house building, Armen Amiryan said that the building was of no architectural value, because it was not included in the list of the buildings considered historical heritage.
To recall, on October 27, NorTekhShin company demolished building No.65 in Hanrapetutyun Street in the center of Yerevan by means of blasting operations. The fact has sparked public outcry. On October 31, the consultation chaired by Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan covered the issue of the demolition. "This is not a field for experiments. Is this a military training area? The impression is that anyone in this city does what they want," Karapetyan Karapetyan said with indignation. The Prime Minister was told that in July 2016 the owner of the building - Astoria-invest - received a permit from the Municipality to design a hotel in that territory. Previously, the Municipality provided the same company with a permit to demolish the building by means of explosion. The construction company failed to inform the relevant structures of the planned blasting operations. Karapetyan instructed applying severe punishment against those involved in the blast operations.