Alex Hartmann, former director of the Russian office of the German food company Ehrmann, and his partners from the international consulting company Knight Frank plan to build a few more foreign enterprises in Lobnya.
At the end of last week, Moscow Regional Governor Boris Gromov and Prime Minister of the German Land Hessen Roland Koch signed an agreement on establishing industrial districts in the Moscow suburb, where businessmen from Hessen would be able to build their production facilities.
To carry out the project, Hartmann's developer company purchased 20 hectares of land from the Lobnya administration. The inputs are estimated at about $9 million. The administration has also given the company definite privileges, said Alexei Novikov, deputy chief of the industrial fixed assets department at Knight Frank. The developer plans to expand the industrial district to 85 hectares.
"To provide all necessary utilities (electricity, gas and water supply), the investor needs to spend about $1,000-1,200 per 100 square meters. And the construction of buildings for production facilities will cost $750 per square meter," said Dmitry Rayev, a realtor with the Russian company Swiss Realty.
The industrial district in Lobnya is the first project of its kind carried out in the Moscow region and a total of 60 industrial districts are to appear in the Moscow Region by 2010. Investors for four such districts have already been found - the Volokolamsk and Istra districts and the towns of Shcholkovo and Dubna, the region's Economics Minister Vyacheslav Krymov said.