When Kulczyk Investments tried to get its plans for Chmielna Tower through the urban planning process back in 2007, it got rejected by the Civil Aviation Office (CAO) which objected to its planned height of over 280 meters (antenna included).
In fact, Gazeta Wyborcza reports that in view of its proximity to Warsaw’s airport, the agency set the maximum height at that location at 130 meters. But the developer refused to compromise on its original plan, and the approach now appears to be paying off, after a recent u-turn by the CAO. Chmielna Tower has been given clearance to take off, meaning that construction could begin within two years. The company is currently carrying out the project on its own, but it’s expected that Chmielna Tower, which would be Warsaw’s tallest building, will be placed in a joint venture between Kulczyk Investments and US giant Silverstein, to be called Kulczyk Silverstein Properties.