Arona unlocks 20 million euros in construction projects in the last four months
The construction licenses released in the last four months in the municipality of Arona have an investment of 19.6 million euros, and include the construction of two high-level complexes, , in Los Cristianos and El Palm-Mar, as well as two buildings with 45 homes along the TF-655 for social housing.
The first license package to go ahead, after receiving favourable reports, was a set of eight major works with an investment of 4.8 million euros, including the construction of the premises of a well-known supermarket brand, for 3.9 million euros, as well as two industrial warehouses and two small buildings, one of them a four-storey block.
To this amount is now added a set of licenses with an even greater amount, of 14.8 million, for the construction of two high-level buildings located on a plot next to the TF-655 road in Los Cristianos, which will add a total of 45 homes and a planned investment of 9.6 million euros.
After the urban paralysis that the municipality has suffered with more than 175 million euros in investments blocked in the month of June, due to the coronavirus pandemic and problems within the town hall, the City Council is relying on urban planning as a defence weapon to face the economic crisis.
With tourism paralyzed, a sector on which most of the economy of Arona and the south of the Island depends, and thousands of people unemployed or in Temporary Employment Regulation Files (ERTE), construction has become the main, and practically only, escape route.
The reactivation in the concession of licenses coincides with the assumption of urban planning powers by the mayor, José Julián Mena, after the dismissal on June 22nd of Luis García, a decision that opened a divide in the City Council. The "crash plan" activated by the City Council has included the beginning of a selection process for the hiring of architects, surveyors and engineers, and the support of technical personnel from other municipal areas.
Mena praised the work of the Urban Planning technicians and underlined “the importance and the enormous need that the municipality had to unblock projects in the Urban Planning area, which so far has allowed the creation of jobs and opportunities in a crisis situation generated by the current paralysis of the tourism sector.”
However, the mayor of Arona recognized that "there is still alot of work to be done" in urban planning.