According to the calculations of the National Expropriation Agency, the expropriation of the villa “Sarajet”, one of the last historic monuments in Tirana, will cost around 4.8 million dollars.
The request for expropriation was filed on August 19. The Municipality of Tirana has announced that the building will be transformed into an ethnographic museum.
After the publication of this assessment in the Official Journal, the owners will have fifteen days to respond to it.
In the last hours of Monday, an unidentified individual set fire to “Sarajet”, a cultural monument in central Tirana.
Firefighters arrived at the scene after 20 minutes and extinguished the fire. They then left and the fire rekindled. It was extinguished a second time by Rudi Erebara and Zirkon Disha who were there.
The villa, which at one point housed the first American delegation to Albania, is one of the few remaining Ottoman-style houses in Tirana. It was declared a cultural monument in 1963.
Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj told Euronews that the fire was started intentionally, in order to stop the expropriation of the property.
He also said that the municipality is considering turning the building into a museum and not giving it to third parties.