Rincón de la Victoria to 'combat loneliness' with co-op housing project for 50 to 70 year olds

Councillors at the presentation of the housing project.
Councillors at the presentation of the housing project. / SUR
  • Work to the complex, which will include 68 homes, common areas, medical facilities and allotments, is expected to begin in early 2022

Rincón de la Victoria town hall unveiled on Tuesday plans for a cooperative housing project for people between the ages of 50 and 70 in the El Cantal area of the town.

Councillors explained that the "pioneering" Tartessos Málaga co-housing project will provide 68 homes and should be ready by summer 2023. They added that 20 jobs will be created and that six-million-euro project is being funded by private investors.

Urban planning councillor Miguel Ángel Jiménez explained that the housing cooperative is based on a "new lifestyle model based on efficiency and sustainability". He went on to say that potential residents would need to have "clear values on community living" and that it was being designed to "combat loneliness".

Jiménez predicted that in 15 years time one out of three households will have just one occupant and that almost half of those people will be over the age of 65.

José Antonio López, president of Tartessos Málaga, a not-for-profit cooperative, explained that sixteen of the houses are to be allocated to people on the town hall register (Padrón) and the cost of living in one of the homes "will not exceed the average monthly pension" which is 1,200 euros.

As well as the 68 private homes, the complex will comprise common areas including a dining room and cafeteria, doctor's surgery and nurse's room, rehabilitation and multipurpose facilities, a swimming pool, gardens and allotments and space for outdoor activities. Work is expected to start in early 2022.