Since closing in 2011, the building which housed the Unicaja Marymar old people's home on the seafront in Benalmádena Costa has fallen into a state of disrepair, so much so that in 2018 a part of the promenade had to be closed off to the public for fear of possible collapse. Now, however, the building is set to be demolished to give way to a new leisure space.
On Wednesday, the town's mayor, Víctor Navas, unveiled the Marymar Plaza project. He was joined by Miguel Ángel Melgar, director general of Jardín de las Cigarreras, the developers of the project which aims to reclaim this part of the promenade.
This project is part of broader ongoing efforts to redevelop Benalmádena's seafront with both public and private involvement, the mayor explained. The town has secured 12.5-million-euro EU 'EDUSI' funding for some of these efforts, including remodelling of the area around avenida Antonio Machado, and the display of archaeological remains.
The project proposes a new 4,000-square-metre public square with 210 parking spaces, as well as shops, restaurants and bars for beach users.