Just four days into her latest reign as mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz has set to work on what she considers one of the biggest projects of her administration. On Tuesday, she met with regional minister for Culture and Historical Heritage, Carmen Casero, to set in motion the project which will allow the town to gain its first public nursing home on the ground at El Trapiche del Prado.
The former sugar factory has been abandoned for decades and has been a constant thorn in the side of the council ever since the idea of turning it into a home was first mooted in the 1990s. As a protected building (it is classified as a BIC, an asset of cultural interest), restoring the building will be a costly operation.
Now, however, a budget of 10 million euros has been designated which will allow the building to be restored, meeting the strict preservation conditions outlined by the Junta de Andalucía, and for a home to be built on the site.
According to the timetable outlined on Tuesday, construction on the building will begin next year following preliminary surveying work, and should be complete before 2022.