The local town hall in Benalmádena has announced plans to turn the derelict Los Pintores Hotel complex into landscaped gardens and green areas.
The complex, in Benalmádena Costa, which incorporates the Velázquez, Greco and Goya hotels, is currently under a bankruptcy order. Mayor of Benalmádena Víctor Navas chaired a meeting with members of his council last week to discuss the future of the hotel complex, which has deteriorated since closing in 2008 after the official receivers were called in. One of the hotels reopened its doors in 2015, but had to close two months later because it failed to comply with basic security measures.
The mayor pointed out that numerous measures had already been taken at the request of residents living in close proximity to the hotel.
All three hotels, which locals describe as "an eyesore", are in a state of disrepair and residents have continuously complained about the problem of squatters residing in the hotel rooms.
Several attempts to secure the complex have been made, but the mayor said that these efforts had been "insufficient".
However, councillor for security Javier Marín stressed that incidents at the complex had been drastically reduced this year.
In addition, the mayor said that the town hall was considering a comprehensive preventive plan to avoid new occupations.
"A number of measures have been agreed to alleviate this situation. We want to requalify the hotel area in order to turn it into green spaces with leisure facilities. However, this will be a long process and will depend on the receivers."