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A basalt mine is being developed in the area of the built-down Youth Chamber more known in public as "Kukuruznik" (maize). One of the authors of the Youth Chamber's project, honored architect of Armenia Hrach Poghosyan told media, Monday.
"I cannot understand the indifference to this city and to its architectural heritage. No one asks why a mine is being developed in the area instead of construction," he said. Poghosyan believes that built-down of the Youth Chamber in 2006 was illegal, because it was disassembled without the necessary project documents. The Youth Chamber was put into service in 1979. It was a complex of a system of terraces and a 14-floor high hotel with 500 rooms, a cinema hall with 1200 seats, and a cafe on the upper floor with a rotary floor.
In 1981 the project received the prize of the Central Committee of All-Union Leninist Young Communist League in the sphere of architecture. In the years of Armenia's independence the Chamber was sold to a private Eduard Avetisyan. Later, it was recognized 'accident-prone' and built-down. A project by a Japanese architect won contest announced for construction of a hotel in the area of the Chamber in 2010. The project provided for construction of two buildings at the height of 150m and 90m. Later, the Municipality demanded reducing the height to 122m and 70m. Earlier, chief
architect of Yerevan Narek Sargsyan said that the changes to the project are under discussion.