By John Smith •
Published: 13 Apr 2021 • 15:20
President Armengol laid the first stone
Credit: Balearic Government
BALEARIC Government leader, Francina Armengol, accompanied by the Minister of Mobility and Housing, Josep Marí, and the Mayor of Palma, José Hila, laid the first stone of a new development of 35 social housing units (HPO).
Being constructed in Carrer de Fornaris de Palma, in the Llevant-La Soledat neighbourhood, the building will contain 24 one-bedroom apartments, eight with two-bedrooms and three with three-bedrooms with three of the properties being specially adapted for those with disabilities.
Also included in the development which will cost €5.3 million and will take an anticipated 15 months to complete will be 35 parking spaces for residents.
There is a tremendous need for social housing in Palma and the Council has donated the land free of charge in order to allow the Government to undertake this very necessary construction which will be an example of energy efficiency, sustainability and accessibility.
President Armengol announced that the Government has “the highest budget in the history of the Balearics for social housing worth €64 million” adding that 2021 will end with 1,000 more homes under construction or out for tender.
For his part, Minister Marí said that “currently, 578 HPOs are being built in 22 developments, of which 15 are in Mallorca and 8 in Palma and that these homes are offered at a ‘social rent’, so no family pays more than 30 per cent of their income.
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