YEREVAN – Construction of “New Aleppo” quarter in Ashtarak, a town 20 km off Yerevan, for Syrian Armenians who found refuge there will cost about $20 million, the Ministry of Diaspora said.
“The goal of the project is to help Syrian Armenians, who moved to permanent residence to Armenia to buy housing at affordable prices,” says an information leaflet about he construction program.
On June 6th 2013, the government of Armenia adopted a decision on building “New Aleppo” quarter in Ashtarak. On July 23, the council of elders of Ashtarak decided to grant an area of 4.8 hectares for the construction of the quarter.
A group of architects have volunteered to prepare the design of the quarter. On October 21 the architects were provided with the results of geological research of the area. More than 550 Syrian Armenian families have applied for housing in the quarter.
The apartments will be granted on favorable terms: the government will cover part of the cost, and the rest will be paid by the families.
The construction will be financed by the government, donor countries and international organizations. The construction will be overseen by a public organization called “Center of Coordination of Problems of Syrian Armenians.”
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are now approximately 7,000 Syrian Armenians in Armenia. According to the Ministry of Diaspora, that number is more than ten thousand.