After two years of delays, work is to finally begin on the pedestrianisation of the Plaza Costa del Sol in Torremolinos.
The town hall has announced that the renovation of the centre, which has been closed to traffic since December 2015, and the Avenida Palma de Mallorca will start on Monday 8 January 2018.
The council was given the green light after the Junta de Andalucía recently approved the town's updated urban development plan (PGOU).
The project involves an investment of 2.5 million euros and will run in two phases, the first from January until May. The second phase will begin in September and should be completed by December 2018.
The renovations will be overseen by architect Salvador Moreno Peralta and involves the transformation of more than 10,000 square metres. This will incorporate parts of Calle de la Cruz, Calle Hoyo, Avenida Isabel Manoja and Calle Marqués de Salamanca.
The mayor of Torremolinos, José Ortiz, explained that the centre of the town will be transformed into a “grand boulevard”.
“This is the first step in transforming Torremolinos into an innovative, avant-garde town, giving it a new image of cultural importance. This will be the biggest change the town has seen since the 1960s,” the mayor stressed.
The construction of the new boulevard is only the first step of transformation of the centre of Torremolinos. Throughout 2018 other renovation work will take place in Plaza La Nogalera, Cuesta del Tajo, Calle del Peligro and the Pimental Tower.
The emblematic Barrabino mansion will gain prominence as the central focus of the Plaza Costa del Sol. The former residence of Maria Barrabino - remembered as one of the town's most charitable people - was purchased by the Torremolinos town hall in September and the grand palatial home will now be renovated and turned into a cultural, artistic and exhibition centre. The grounds of the house will be opened to create an avant-garde style plaza complete, with an open-air theatre embellished with several bronze sculptures by Elena Laverón.
The Plaza Costa del Sol will include an emblematic pergola, shaded green areas, ponds, fountains and water features.