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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Construction Chief Lauds Expansion

The city-regulated construction industry will complete 4.5 million square meters of commercial and municipal residential space by the end of this year, Vladimir Resin, head of City Hall's construction arm, said Friday at a news conference.

Working on the assumption that each person needs 18 square meters of living space, this is enough to house about 250,000 people.

Resin said 2.6 million square meters have already been built this year. Of this amount, 1 million square meters will be provided to people who are relocated by City Hall from decrepit housing.

"In the past 15 years more than 2 million Muscovites moved to new apartments. About 700,000 more people improved their quality of living space by moving into apartments they bought on the secondary market," Resin said.

The city is also completing 19 new schools, 26 nurseries, four clinics, one hospital and four ambulance service stations, he added.