By Cathy Elelman • 23 November 2019 • 18:30
UNSTABLE: The council is knocking down two properties declared ruins, which the Mayor said represented a safety risk.
CREDIT: Ajuntament de Finestrat
WORKS are underway to pull down two properties in Finestrat old town, paving the way for construction of a plaza-viewing point.
Mayor Juan Francisco Perez visited the site last week to see how the demolitions were progressing, accompanied by Town Planning councillor Victor Dario LLinare, Public Works councillor Jose Vicente Lloret and the technicians working on the project.
“The council is continuing with the contention and consolidation works on Finestrat’s La Penya”, the Mayor commented.
He explained, “at this time this means the demolition of two properties on Carrer Fondo, which were declared ruins due to cracks and landslides, with the risk this meant for everyone’s safety.
“Once these works have been completed we will use this space to create a plaza-mirador, hence creating yet another reason to visit our historic old town.”
The local authority reported that the council Architecture department is drawing up a project to incorporate the plot into the urban area so that it forms part of the historic area.
“Our idea is to put up to façades so as to not leave an empty space which these two properties will now leave, and in this way maintain the image so characteristic and picturesque of our old town with the houses hanging over La Penya”, Perez continued.
“Once these façades are up and in harmony with the other properties, behind we will fit out a plaza-mirador with sea views.
The Mayor also stressed the local authority would carry on working on the stability of the hill. “Since 2014 we have invested more than €1 million in this task. It’s true that the most unsafe zones are now stabilised. Nevertheless, we want to continue working to that all zones maintain their stability.”
The council said the cost of demolishing the two properties was €48,000.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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