The future Marymar Plaza commercial development on the seafront in Benalmádena took a major step forward on Tuesday with the awarding of the contract to build a new car park.
Promoter Jardines de las Cigarreras will be responsible for both the construction and the running of the underground car park to be located next to the former seniors' residence. It will have 210 spaces, distributed across two floors (88 on the first and 122 on the second) and is a key part of the project to create a shopping and leisure area for beach users on an extension of the promenade built where the so-to-be-demolished Marymar residence is located.
According to the town hall's report on Tuesday, the car park will occupy a total of 7,650 square metres: 3,150 on one floor, and 4,500 on another. It will also have direct access to the future commercial complex.
After announcing the concession of the car park yesterday, Benalmádena mayor Víctor Navas explained that with the demolition of the eight-storey Marymar residence, which has been unoccupied for several years, "not only will our beaches be more visible, they will gain the space that the residence currently occupies, some 2,700 square metres".
After the demolition, a public square of about 4,000 square metres will be created and, below ground level, the construction of commercial premises that will serve the beach. Only five metres of the building will be built above ground level, and it will be transparent so that it doesn't obstruct the view of the sea from the road and the promenade.
This project also includes one of the council's star proposals for this legislature: the extension of the promenade from Bil-Bil castle to the area around Sunset Beach, thus connecting the town's entire coastline.