Pyhäjoki & Neighbourhood

The municipality of Pyhäjoki is on the fast track to development. Besides of new infrastructure, the citizens of Pyhäjoki are getting new opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. Photos: Henri Luoma

Building the entire municipality

Currently, brisk construction activity can be seen everywhere in Pyhäjoki. The retail sector is making investments, and the municipality is improving roads and upgrading hiking trails. The municipality of Pyhäjoki is preparing for a considerable increase in the number of residents by zoning additional plots for single-family dwellings.

The soil gives slightly underneath the sturdy tires and the faint smell of hydraulic fluid wafts about as if to say that this large machine means business. The felling head attached to Jukka Lastumäki’s excavator grabs a clump of vegetation in its jaws, and the action brings the completion of the waterfront plots being planned on the island of Matinsaari one step closer.

The continuing boost in economic growth shows literally in every corner of Pyhäjoki. The Arina shopping center will add life to the retail operations in the municipal center. Dozens of kilometers of hiking trails winding through nature will be overhauled. The construction of the Kielosaari travel and hospitality center is progressing, and the Rautiperä sports area is already in operation year-round.

The main road through the municipality will also get a facelift when the Vanhatie road is transformed into a modern street in a EUR 3 million project. The municipality of Pyhäjoki and Fennovoima will also support the construction of Pyhäjoki Hall.

“The zoning was already completed earlier, and the plot for the Pyhäjoki Hall was purchased in May”, municipal manager Matti Soronen confirms.

According to Secretary of Environment, Vesa Ojanperä, a large-scale logging will also conserve forests in the area. 

Earth moving contractor Jukka Lastumäki from Oulainen is already able to imagine how the new residential area in the island of Matinsaari would look like.

More residents, plenty of land

Soronen estimates that once the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant has been completed, the number of permanent residents in Pyhäjoki will have increased by approximately a thousand people, or 25 percent.

The municipality is prepared for the influx of new people: the Aatosvainio district already features 50 plots for single-family dwellings, and 40–50 plots more will be completed on the island of Matinsaari. The town plan for the island will be completed during the summer.

Pyhäjoki may be best known for the nuclear power plant, but it also offers a lot in terms of nature, travel and wind power.

The main supporting factor for the development of the municipality is the Hanhikivi 1 construction site, according to Soronen.

Fennovoima’s nuclear power plant is a EUR 6.5–7 million construction project, which will also attract other investments to the municipality. The Arina shopping center and other properties under construction are the first signs of what is to come. They already bring tax revenue to Pyhäjoki.

Waterways and nature: Pyhäjoki's assets

In addition to the infrastructure, the municipality is directing funds to supporting nature experiences and sports. Soronen’s vision is that in a few years, Pyhäjoki will be known for both the nuclear power plant and nature tourism.

It is no coincidence that waterways and nature play an increasing role in Pyhäjoki’s future, since they have been assets of the municipality throughout its history. Growth in nature tourism will receive an exceptional boost when the construction of the actual power plant begins.
During the busiest construction period, approximately 4,000 people will be simultaneously working at the Hanhikivi 1 site.

“The construction workers are not at work all the time, so they use lots of local services.”

Once the planned construction investments have been completed, Pyhäjoki will also feature a lively and functioning center of travel services prepared to serve the whole of Finland.

“Pyhäjoki may be best known for the nuclear power plant, but it also offers a lot in terms of nature, travel and wind power. None of the aforementioned are mutually exclusive – we just need to seize the moment,” Soronen says.

 

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