Torremolinos town hall has begun working on the much-needed regeneration of the Avenida Carlota Alessandri.
Once a thriving commercial area, complete with shops, bars and restaurants, the road that connects Torremolinos to Benalmádena has deteriorated into a virtual ghost town over the past few decades.
The council has begun the alterations by removing all of the bollards that currently prevent parking in the street, and the next stage will be to reduce the dual carriageway to just two lanes.
This will enable a wider pedestrian footpath and more room for vehicles to park or make deliveries.
During a meeting attended by José Ortiz, Mayor of Torremolinos, and Maribel Tocón, councilor for urban planning, residents and business owners in the area raised their concerns about the lack of initiative to boost economic activity in the street.
However, the worried locals were assured that the town hall intends to regenerate the area and make it pedestrian-friendly, while hopefully making it attractive to investors once again.
The mayor of Torremolinos explained that the final plans were waiting the approval of the planning department of the provincial government in Malaga, and these include the installation of a new roundabout, pedestrian crossings and a bicycle lane.
Ortiz expressed his intentions to stop the decline of the area by regenerating the commercial activity it enjoyed during the 1960s and 70s.
He claimed that they would take advantage of the low density of traffic that uses this street, by transforming it into a “public space within a friendly town”.
“We will promote these improvements so that the Avenida Carlota Alessandri is transformed back into an attractive area that focuses on investment,” the mayor said.
Business owners have claimed that one of the main reasons for the deterioration of commercial activity in the area has been the lack of parking.
Maribel Tocón was quick to point out that the installation of the bollards, installed by the former PP council, was “the beginning of the deterioration of the area and the closure of many businesses”.
She said, “The project in preparation for the Avenida Carlota Alessandri will make the area more sustainable and much safer, and it will help to regenerate this nostalgic part of Torremolinos.”