The project proposal for a mixed-use real estate development located in the south-eastern part of Slovenia has unrivalled advantages for smart investors. The shovel-ready site is conveniently located at the cross-roads of trade and transport routes that lead to Croatia and Hungary and the markets in East Europe and the Balkans. The land parcels vary in size to meet the needs for constructing industrial/logistics buildings for multi or single-tenant purpose, office buildings for single or multiple occupancy, as well as buildings for shopping purposes thanks to easy access and sufficient parking space. In addition, investors and occupants will find affordability combined with safety, excellent education, health care and recreational facilities – the perfect combination of business opportunities and family-friendly living.
The fact that the real estate development is in close proximity to the Cerklje ob Krki Air Base – a military and civilian airport– makes the project even more attractive for investors from distant countries.
Approved by the government as a development plan of national importance, the Phoenix Real Estate Development consists of several areas designed to serve specific purposes: a logistics hub, advanced manufacturing, R&D facilities and business services, as well as the area with facilities for air traffic. Cerklje ob Krki Air Base has undergone several changes over recent years to make it capable of supporting the increasing air traffic and the Phoenix project includes further expansion of the airport facilities.
The site for the Phoenix project stretches over 104 hectares (257 acres) in two municipalities: Krško and Brežice. The valleys of the Lower Sava River and the Krka Valley provide easy access the Posavska statistical region of less than 1,000 sq. km with the population about 76,000 working in manufacturing industry (50%), services nearly 46%) and agriculture (just over 4%). Thanks to its landscapes and the mild climate, Posavje will quickly steal the heart of all who come for business and often remain for life. Terme Čatež, a thermal health resort with many hot springs, vineyards and orchards have a long tradition that goes hand-in-hand with the area’s business resources and its long industrial tradition, an important consideration for industrial investment. Both the central and local governments are committed to fostering growth of the activities related to transport, logistics and manufacturing. It means providing reliable utilities, straightforward administrative procedures, schemes for the workforce to get the essential knowledge for a specific sector, and access to scientific institutions and research facilities. Proximity to the border crossings with Croatia and Hungary and with Austria and Italy within just over two-hour trucking distance also means quick access to a wide range of supply chains and excellent opportunities for “just-in-time” delivery.
The development site will encompass several units that complement each other and share infrastructure. The facilities for the logistics and manufacturing activities will be grouped together, the facilities for business and service activities will be within the Skopice zone. Technology companies and start-up ventures finding a niche market will get their own space. The service activities related to air transport of passengers or freight (ground service activities , terminals operation, firefighting and fire-prevention services) will occupy the space between the area intended to accommodate aircraft for loading/unloading passengers, mail or cargo, fuelling, parking or maintenance (the apron) and the central part of the business and services area. The business and services area will be served by a grid of roads connected to the future motorway junction Skopice.
Industrial/logistics development opportunity
The Phoenix project is a complex long-term mixed-use development undertaken in joint effort with several public bodies and many stakeholders. The approved master plan enables fast-tracking of the municipal approvals/permits and commercial licenses later on. The fact that Posavje lies in the Mediterranean Transport Corridor that links the Iberian Peninsula with the Hungarian-Ukrainian border and consists of road and rail gives added value to the Phoenix project.
The business opportunities in the Western Balkans have been enhanced by inflow of foreign direct investment and cross-border projects, as well as by fast completion of the missing motorway sections and rail infrastructure modernisation in Corridor X giving investors and other occupants of the Phoenix business, industrial and logistics zone access to millions of new customers.
The estimated project cost is EUR 15 million, of which EUR 5 million will be funded by the Republic of Slovenia. At this stage it is too early to talk about the rate of return on the investment since it will depend on investors and their proposals. The project has a great potential and is expected to create some 2,000 high quality new jobs and investors will have access to a range of incentives provided by the central government and the municipalities under employment and other schemes.
Regionalna razvojna agencija Posavje (Regional Development Agency Posavje) coordinates the preparation of the supporting documentation for building permit:
Regionalna razvojna agencija Posavje
Cesta krških žrtev 2, 8270 Krško,
Phone: +386 (0)7 488 10 40