2020. Preserving the historical image of St. Petersburg
In 2020, a legal dispute between residents of St Petersburg and a certain developer was brought to a close. The developer had planned to demolish a historic three-storey building in Ropshinskaya Street and construct a new residential building on the site.
This plan was opposed by localresidents and activists from the All-Russian Society for the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Monuments.
AAG Legal’s lawyers provided legal assistance to the local residents in this dispute.
We challenged in court the information in the cadastral registration, the favourable conclusion of the Committee on State Control, Use and Protection of Historical and Cultural Landmarks, and the building permit.
The residents’ claims were satisfied by a ruling of the Kuibyshev District Court of St Petersburg, which ordered that the cadastral error be corrected to indicate the date of construction of the building, determined on the basis of archival documents, as 1895.
In July 2019, the Judicial Chamber for Administrative Cases of the St Petersburg City Court rejected appeals by the developer and the authorities (the Committee on State Control, Use and Protection of Historical and Cultural Landmarks, the Cadastral Chamber and a cadastral engineer), who all disagreed with the decision of the court of first instance.
In March 2020, the Judicial Chamber for Administrative Cases of the Third General Jurisdiction Court of Cassation dismissed the developer’s cassation appeal against the court rulings. As a result, a historic building in the centre of St Petersburg was saved.