City of Łódź

Łódź is a city located right in the centre of Poland, and also the centre of Europe, surrounded by a network of motorways and expressways which provide the city with excellent connections to other Polish and European locations. The proximity of two international airports is an unquestionable advantage of the city. Łódź offers a large group of graduates educated in the fields searched for by employers. The city is a major educational and scientific centre, strongly cooperating with more than 20 higher education institutions. The key sectors from the point of view of the investment-related development of Łódź include logistics and transport, BPO, IT, home appliances, R&D, activities related to fairs and exhibitions, and tourism, in particular as regards business as well as science and education. The city continue the successful process of revitalization that has been initiated a few years ago, focusing on activities in selected areas and widely-understood social revitalization.
City City of Łódź
General information about the city in relation to the real estate market Łódź is a city located right in the centre of Poland, and also the centre of Europe, surrounded by a network of motorways and expressways which provide the city with excellent connections to other Polish and European locations. The proximity of two international airports is an unquestionable advantage of the city. Łódź offers a large group of graduates educated in the fields searched for by employers. The city is a major educational and scientific centre, strongly cooperating with more than 20 higher education institutions. The key sectors from the point of view of the investment-related development of Łódź include logistics and transport, BPO, IT, home appliances, R&D, activities related to fairs and exhibitions, and tourism, in particular as regards business as well as science and education. The city continue the successful process of revitalization that has been initiated a few years ago, focusing on activities in selected areas and widely-understood social revitalization.
Financial investment budgeted in public projects in 2017 in PLN Investment expenditure of the City of Łódź for 2017: PLN 652 million
The most important projects completed between October 2016 and September 2017 - City stadium, 138 Piłsudski Avenue – PLN 119.8 million
- Reconstruction of road system around the Widzew Łódź stadium: PLN 31.6 million
Major projects planned for 2018 In the upcoming years the authorities of the city will continue the successful process of revitalization that has been initiated a few years ago focusing on area activities and widely-understood social revitalization. The process of revitalization of the city centre includes chosen centrally-located quarters (8 of them in the first stage). Additionally, the biggest investment is also conducted – the New Centre of Lodz and the new, underground train station Łódź Fabryczna.
PLN 930 million was planned for their realization, PLN 516 million being the input of the city, the rest – EU funding. The task will be realized in the years 2016-2023.
Major current projects In the upcoming years the authorities of the city will continue the successful process of revitalization that has been initiated a few years ago focusing on area activities and widely-understood social revitalization. The process of revitalization of the city centre includes chosen centrally-located quarters (8 of them in the first stage). Additionally, the biggest investment is also conducted – the New Centre of Lodz and the new, underground train station Łódź Fabryczna. PLN 930 million was planned for their realization, PLN 516 million being the input of the city, the rest – EU funding. The task will be realized in the years 2016-2023.
Financial resources (in PLN) for investment in each of the last five years 2012 r - PLN 531,6 million 2013 r. - PLN 999,7 million 2014 r. - PLN 1 020,4 million 2015 r. - PLN 1 104,4 million 2016 r. - PLN 633,8 million
The proportion of the city’s budget invested in projects for buildings in relation to other expenditure (in pct and PLN) Housing economy in 2017: PLN 315.2 million (7,8%)
How many projects does the city carry out using EU funds, and what is their value? In the programming time period of 2014-2020 the City of Łódź plans realization of 44 projects of the common value of PLN 3,109,919,960.28 (including own contribution on the level of PLN 1,214,944,375.91; EU funding PLN 1,894,975,584.37).
How open is the city to outside investors? Does it offer special incentives and investment development programmes? What are they? The encouraging and advantageous business environment of Łódź allows investors to start and develop their economic operations here. A dedicated Investor Service Manager from the Investor Service Bureau, City of Łódź Office coordinates all actions related to the investment in the phase of preparation, implementation and afterwards. The intensity of public aid for small enterprises can reach as much as 55% or 35% in case of large enterprises. The Youth in Lodz programme offers support for the promotion and creation of a positive image of the Investor, in particular in terms of acquiring new employees. Apart from that, among the initiatives it is worth mentioning campaigns such as “Łódź creates workplaces”, which is a promotional campaign for the companies operating in the city. The city is also active in terms of presenting its assets on international events and fairs such as MIPIM or Expo Real, as well as organizing its own seminars and conferences aimed at attracting investors to Lodz.
Which factors make the city attractive to invest in? What is the potential of the city? (location, infrastructure, proximity to expressways connecting, human capital) Łódź is a city of a great potential mostly because of its central location in the heart of Poland. The city is close to the capital, which can be reached from Łódź in 60 minutes by car and in a little more than an hour and a half by train, but also, thanks to a net of motorways and roads, is perfectly connected with other Polish cities such as Wrocław, Toruń, Gdańsk or Katowice. One of the biggest assets of Łódź is its potential in the field of higher education. 70 thousand students, including 6 thousand taking various IT courses, learning at over 23 higher education institutions and more than 30 thousand graduates, the majority of which are fluent in at least one foreign language, ensure a wide access to perfectly educated staff. We should also remember extensive road investments currently carried out. Both within the city and around it existing roads are constantly rebuilt and new ones constructed. In the near future Łódź will become the first city in Poland having a bypass comprising motorways and expressways. The so-called ring will consist of: A2 motorway from the north, A1 motorway from the east, S8 expressway from the south and S14 from the west.
Which major real estate investors have decided to invest in the city in 2017? Who are the potential investors in the city? Among the investors who started their investment process in 2017 there are:

Skanska, Ghelamco (NCŁ), Echo Investment - (office investments),
Panattoni, Prologis (warehousing investments),
Murapol, Profbud (residential investments).

We have been observing a growing interest in our city both among office developers (great demand for modern office space, low vacancy rate, competitive rental prices), warehousing developers (central location, development of e-commerce), but also residential developers (increase of wages of inhabitants, shortage of new flats especially in the centre of the city, interest in buying a flat as an investment – for further rental.
How good is the zoning plan coverage? 18 % - 5 265 ha covered by the valid spatial development plan 25,8% - 7 565 ha in progress
What is the waiting time for building permits? The statutory deadline is up to 60 days. In most cases it takes about 2-3 weeks.
Why does the city deserve the award? (please stress the most important factors that make the city friendly to investors) Well-communicated location in the centre of Poland, well-educated staff, easily
accessible office space and international business environment count among assets that allow the city to attract new investments. Thanks to the adopted “Integrated Development Strategy for Lodz 2020+” the city has a coherent vision of the direction in which it wants to develop and the path it wants to follow. The City offers support of specialists from the Investor Service Bureau who help investors in all stages of their undertaking.
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City of Łódź
General information about the city in relation to the real estate market
Łódź is a city located right in the centre of Poland, and also the centre of Europe, surrounded by a network of motorways and expressways which provide the city with excellent connections to other Polish and European locations. The proximity of two international airports is an unquestionable advantage of the city. Łódź offers a large group of graduates educated in the fields searched for by employers. The city is a major educational and scientific centre, strongly cooperating with more than 20 higher education institutions. The key sectors from the point of view of the investment-related development of Łódź include logistics and transport, BPO, IT, home appliances, R&D, activities related to fairs and exhibitions, and tourism, in particular as regards business as well as science and education. The city continue the successful process of revitalization that has been initiated a few years ago, focusing on activities in selected areas and widely-understood social revitalization.
Financial investment budgeted in public projects in 2017 in PLN
Investment expenditure of the City of Łódź for 2017: PLN 652 million
The most important projects completed between October 2016 and September 2017
- City stadium, 138 Piłsudski Avenue – PLN 119.8 million
- Reconstruction of road system around the Widzew Łódź stadium: PLN 31.6 million
Major projects planned for 2018
In the upcoming years the authorities of the city will continue the successful process of revitalization that has been initiated a few years ago focusing on area activities and widely-understood social revitalization. The process of revitalization of the city centre includes chosen centrally-located quarters (8 of them in the first stage). Additionally, the biggest investment is also conducted – the New Centre of Lodz and the new, underground train station Łódź Fabryczna.
PLN 930 million was planned for their realization, PLN 516 million being the input of the city, the rest – EU funding. The task will be realized in the years 2016-2023.
Major current projects
In the upcoming years the authorities of the city will continue the successful process of revitalization that has been initiated a few years ago focusing on area activities and widely-understood social revitalization. The process of revitalization of the city centre includes chosen centrally-located quarters (8 of them in the first stage). Additionally, the biggest investment is also conducted – the New Centre of Lodz and the new, underground train station Łódź Fabryczna. PLN 930 million was planned for their realization, PLN 516 million being the input of the city, the rest – EU funding. The task will be realized in the years 2016-2023.
Financial resources (in PLN) for investment in each of the last five years
2012 r - PLN 531,6 million 2013 r. - PLN 999,7 million 2014 r. - PLN 1 020,4 million 2015 r. - PLN 1 104,4 million 2016 r. - PLN 633,8 million
The proportion of the city’s budget invested in projects for buildings in relation to other expenditure (in pct and PLN)
Housing economy in 2017: PLN 315.2 million (7,8%)
How many projects does the city carry out using EU funds, and what is their value?
In the programming time period of 2014-2020 the City of Łódź plans realization of 44 projects of the common value of PLN 3,109,919,960.28 (including own contribution on the level of PLN 1,214,944,375.91; EU funding PLN 1,894,975,584.37).
How open is the city to outside investors? Does it offer special incentives and investment development programmes? What are they?
The encouraging and advantageous business environment of Łódź allows investors to start and develop their economic operations here. A dedicated Investor Service Manager from the Investor Service Bureau, City of Łódź Office coordinates all actions related to the investment in the phase of preparation, implementation and afterwards. The intensity of public aid for small enterprises can reach as much as 55% or 35% in case of large enterprises. The Youth in Lodz programme offers support for the promotion and creation of a positive image of the Investor, in particular in terms of acquiring new employees. Apart from that, among the initiatives it is worth mentioning campaigns such as “Łódź creates workplaces”, which is a promotional campaign for the companies operating in the city. The city is also active in terms of presenting its assets on international events and fairs such as MIPIM or Expo Real, as well as organizing its own seminars and conferences aimed at attracting investors to Lodz.
Which factors make the city attractive to invest in? What is the potential of the city? (location, infrastructure, proximity to expressways connecting, human capital)
Łódź is a city of a great potential mostly because of its central location in the heart of Poland. The city is close to the capital, which can be reached from Łódź in 60 minutes by car and in a little more than an hour and a half by train, but also, thanks to a net of motorways and roads, is perfectly connected with other Polish cities such as Wrocław, Toruń, Gdańsk or Katowice. One of the biggest assets of Łódź is its potential in the field of higher education. 70 thousand students, including 6 thousand taking various IT courses, learning at over 23 higher education institutions and more than 30 thousand graduates, the majority of which are fluent in at least one foreign language, ensure a wide access to perfectly educated staff. We should also remember extensive road investments currently carried out. Both within the city and around it existing roads are constantly rebuilt and new ones constructed. In the near future Łódź will become the first city in Poland having a bypass comprising motorways and expressways. The so-called ring will consist of: A2 motorway from the north, A1 motorway from the east, S8 expressway from the south and S14 from the west.
Which major real estate investors have decided to invest in the city in 2017? Who are the potential investors in the city?
Among the investors who started their investment process in 2017 there are:

Skanska, Ghelamco (NCŁ), Echo Investment - (office investments),
Panattoni, Prologis (warehousing investments),
Murapol, Profbud (residential investments).

We have been observing a growing interest in our city both among office developers (great demand for modern office space, low vacancy rate, competitive rental prices), warehousing developers (central location, development of e-commerce), but also residential developers (increase of wages of inhabitants, shortage of new flats especially in the centre of the city, interest in buying a flat as an investment – for further rental.
How good is the zoning plan coverage?
18 % - 5 265 ha covered by the valid spatial development plan 25,8% - 7 565 ha in progress
What is the waiting time for building permits?
The statutory deadline is up to 60 days. In most cases it takes about 2-3 weeks.
Why does the city deserve the award? (please stress the most important factors that make the city friendly to investors)
Well-communicated location in the centre of Poland, well-educated staff, easily
accessible office space and international business environment count among assets that allow the city to attract new investments. Thanks to the adopted “Integrated Development Strategy for Lodz 2020+” the city has a coherent vision of the direction in which it wants to develop and the path it wants to follow. The City offers support of specialists from the Investor Service Bureau who help investors in all stages of their undertaking.

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