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The New Bazaar/Avni Rustemi Square area of Tirana is a symbol of traditional urban life of the city, and a destination of commercial value. The area houses more than 15 sites of cultural heritage protected by law, currently hidden under rundown facades, obsolete infrastructure, and a generally unappealing commercial space. The New Bazar is a perfect candidate for a natural pedestrian mall and tourism destination, where private businesses and public representation can be formed under the TID/BID model. The AADF has partnered with the Government of Albania (Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Urban Development), Municipality of Tirana and the local business community to revitalize the New Bazaar/Avni Rustemi of Tirana. The bazaar will become one of the main tourist attractions in Tirana. It is expected that AADF restauration portion will be completed by April 2016. The AADF will also support businesses operating in the area with businesses advisory services as well as small grants in order to improve their efficiency and make the best use of the new opportunities which will be created. A businesses association will be created in partnership with the Municipality of Tirana which will oversee the daily management of the area.

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  • 04.10.2017

    Fair “Dibra and Mati days in Tirana” at Tirana New Bazaar

    Fair “Dibra and Mati days in Tirana” at Tirana New Bazaar

    Fair “Dibra and Mati days in Tirana” was another activity organized in the Creative Square at Tirana New Bazaar on 8-9 April 2017. The tradition and cultural heritage, preserved by the citizens of Dibra, is a great national asset, so the AADF was one of the biggest co-financers of this activity.

    Mr. Martin Mata, AADF Co-CEO, awarded the grand regional prize to the young Klevi Hakorja from Dibra Municipality, part of the competition “Show the beauty of your homeland” organized by the Municipalities of Diber, Bulqiza and Mat.

    The young people competed with their pictures in all categories of the competition, such as tourist attractions and villages with spring landscapes. With pictures of the competitors will be held an exhibition in cities of Pershkopi and Bulqiza. These pictures will be used to promote the development of tourism in Dibra region, at the websites, promotional brochures, etc.

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  • 03.14.2017

    Tirana New Bazaar Inauguration

    Tirana New Bazaar Inauguration

    14 March 2017 is a special day for the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), for many citizens of Tirana and the business community in the New Bazaar area.

    The challenge launched 5 years ago, was concluded today with the inauguration of the renovated complex of New Bazaar with all contemporary infrastructure.

    Despite the initial skepticism, the New Bazaar is an ambitious project with an overall commitment of $3 million from the Albanian-American Development Foundation and a contribution of $2.5 million from the Tirana Municipality in cooperation with the Albanian Government in reconstruction work. Meanwhile, the private investment by the business owners has exceeded up to $4 million so far.

    AADF commitment and investment in New Bazaar will continue with the establishment of the Tourism Improvement District – TID Tirana, a successful model implemented by the Foundation in several cities in Albania. The Foundation will support local businesses of the area in the creation of the business association as well as provide grants to businesses in the TID area.

    AADF has contracted The Means in conducting the design of the business management plan for TID Tirana. The Means is a British company with extensive experience in the management of Business Improvement Districts and Tourism Improvement Districts. Currently the Means, manages Borough Market, one of the most visited places in London with over 12 million visitors annually.

    Successful administration of these areas go beyond regulation and infrastructure maintenance. They create communities, increase safety in the area, enable growth of business activity, increase property value and make them more attractive for tourists.

    This project marks an inspiring and transformative intervention that Tirana has seen in the last 25 years.

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  • 03.12.2017

    Work Inspection in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    Work Inspection in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    The AADF Co-Directors, Martin Mata and Aleksander Sarapuli, as well as Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj, inspected the latest construction works at New Bazaar, two days before its inauguration on 14th March. AADF has committed $ 3 million in this ambitious project, which marks the most inspiring and transformative intervention that Tirana has ever seen in the last 25 years.

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  • 03.01.2017

    Working progress in TID Tirana New Bazaar

  • 02.21.2017

    Working progress in TID Tirana New Bazaar

  • 12.06.2016

    Board Meetings TID Tirana

    Board Meetings TID Tirana

    On November 25th and December 5th 2016, AAD organized the board meetings with the Business steering committee of Tirana Bazaar. In these meetings participated representatives of the businesses in Tirana Bazaar and the surrounding areas. The steering committee members were informed by AADF about the role that the organization has in promoting and improving the area.  Moreover, the draft of the Articles of Associations of the Tirana Bazaar Business organization was discussed in this meeting.

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  • 09.29.2016

    Workshop on Revitalization of New Bazaar / TID Tirana

    Workshop on Revitalization of New Bazaar / TID Tirana

    On September 29th, under the coordination of AADF and The Means, more than 60 businesses, commercial owners and inhabitants of the New Bazar and the surrounding areas participated in the roundtable seminar organized at Plaza Hotel. Representatives of Tirana Municipality, important partner of the project participated in the event as well. Stakeholders agreed the main issues that need to be addressed from the Management Plan of the area, which is financed from AADF and is being prepared from the Means, an organization based in UK with many years of experience in public space management.

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  • 09.29.2016

    Work Inspection in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    Work Inspection in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    On Thursday September 29th, Mr. Michael Granoff, the Chairman of AADF’s Board and Mr. Erion Veliaj, the Mayor of Tirana, inspected the construction work in TID Tirana New Bazaar and “Avni Rustemi” square.

    This project provides mechanisms that enhance and appreciate property value, improve infrastructure and includes and promotes local community in decision making. In addition, an important role of the project includes the establishment and strengthening of partnerships in improving the quality of public services. In this major project, AADF contributes up to $2.5 million that includes the project design and implementation of the surrounding area of “Avni Rustemi” square.

    The event was immediately followed by the presentation of the Management Plan by The MEANS, a UK based company that specializes in place making consultancy and management of public services. The company presented their key research findings from the project.

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  • 09.26.2016

    Round table discussion with Municipality of Tirana

    Round table discussion with Municipality of Tirana
    On Monday September 26th, the AADF’s Board of Trustees and the Municipality of Tirana had a Round Table Discussion. Mr. Veliaj, the Mayor of Tirana, expressed his gratitude towards AADF’s continuous support and especially AADF’s successful implementation of the “Pazari i Ri” Tourist Improvement District (TID Tirana). The project is in its final stages. During the round table discussion, the latest Master Plan of Tirana and other potential near future collaboration projects were discussed.  
  • 06.03.2016

    Visit in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    Visit in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    Friday, June 3rd, Mr. Michael Granoff, the Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT) of AADF and Mr. Erion Veliaj, the Mayor of Tirana Municipality, inspected the progress of work of the first phase in Tirana Bazaar, financed from AADF. The works of the first phase are expected to end on September 2016. The AADF Chairman of BoT and the Mayor of Tirana inaugurated the start of works of the second phase (fish and meat market) in Tirana Bazaar, financed from Tirana Municipality which is expected to be completed by December 2016. At the end of their visit in the Bazaar, Mr. Granoff and Mr. Veliaj attended the presentation of the Tirana Bazaar Management Plan preliminary findings and next steps from The Means, a UK consultancy firm contracted by the AADF.

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