As the project for the new Marbella language school (Escuela Oficial de Idiomas) on Avenida Alfredo Palma is set to be put out to tender, the new use for the current site has already been decided. The space, which over the course of 25 years became too small for the continually-growing EOI, will be converted into a dozen apartments for young people in the area to rent, mayor Ángeles Muñoz confirmed on Tuesday.
The EOI will next year move to a new 1,004-square-metre site in the Edificio Feria, which is "in an area that is easily accessible for everyone, and meets all of the school's requirements", according to Muñoz.
The 1.4-million-euro investment necessary will be funded primarily from money the town has recovered as part of the Malaya corruption scandal.
The project is about to be put out to tender with a completion time of a year, though with the hope this can be reduced to 10 months.
Though it won't be ready for the start of the 2019-20 year, the move is expected to happen at the start of next year and will allow the centre to accommodate its 1,800 students and broaden its language offering to include Russian.