The plans have been submitted to the city council. / SUR

Plans unveiled for 40-million-euro Malaga shopping centre on former brick factory site

A DIY chain could occupy the largest unit on the new development, while almost 1,000 parking spaces would be created - if it gets the city council's go-ahead

JESÚS HINOJOSA

A real estate company has revealed its plans for a new 40,000 square metre retail park and shopping centre on a key site in Malaga.

A decade after activity ceased at the Salyt brick factory in the city, the area could be transformed after Edifissa, based in Cáceres, reached an agreement with the Sociedad Anónima de Ladrillos y Tejas (Salyt) to acquire the land and build a retail area of about 40,000 square metres on it.

However, for this project to see the light of day, it is necessary for the city council to modify of the General Urban Planning Plan (PGOU) to change the current productive or industrial use of the plot to commercial.

If it gets the go-ahead the project it would represent a total investment of about 40 million euros, according to sources.

In the Edifissa plans, there is a unit of almost 10,000 square metres that would house a DIY chain. This space will have 190 underground parking spaces and 242 in the open air. In total, there are 918 parking spaces throughout the entire reatil park, of which 351 would be outdoors and the remaining 478 underground.

The DIY chain would occupy the western half of the plot, and the rest of the retail spaces will be established in the eastern half. Among them are a supermarket, a gym and leisure areas, in three independent units. Initially, a five-storey hotel was planned in this area, which has not been included in the plans.

At the northern corner of the site, there are two areas that the developer will cede to the city council – one an area of of 3,383 square metres for commercial use - and another of 814 square metres that will be used for the construction of a public facility for residents of this area of the city .

The plan also includes a park area to the north, with an area of 7,334 square metres, that would be landscaped. The scheme also includes new road accesses to the commercial area

However, it could be years before the works could start since the modification of the PGOU requires, among other things, environmental procedures to be performed that include the decontamination of the site from its previous industrial use.