A proposal for a 90-million-euro hotel and apartment project was presented to Arenas town hall last week by a Belgian development group.
The group of foreign investors has been buying up land in Arenas, which is located north of Vélez-Málaga and has had plans for the development for some time.
If it gets the go-ahead, the project would comprise 124 independent retirement apartments as well as 120 rooms with assistance for elderly people.
In addition, the proposal includes a four star hotel with 121 rooms, which would be promoted to friends and relatives of residents living at the complex as well as other guests.
The 500,000-square-metre plot of land sits at the foothills of the 711-metre Bentomíz hill, which was home to one of the Axarquía's most important Islamic fortresses.
Architect Arturo Ruíz, who has been working on the project, said that it has been designed “with the environment at its heart.” He said that green areas with native plant species have been incorporated into the plans as well as areas for residents to grow their own organic produce.
The hotel plan includes three swimming pools and a gym and will be two floors high. The entire development would be fully accessible and there would be space for a helicopter landing pad. Ruíz added that 90 jobs would be created there once completed.