Green light for new shopping centre and 300 houses in the south of Gran Canaria
This project had been in the making for nine years, but it seems that it has finally reached a starting point. The last push was given on Friday by the Governing Board of the San Bartolomé de Tirajana City Council, unlocking an investment of around 110 million euros, that will allow the construction of a large commercial centre, a park, and a residential complex of 300 homes.
This operation, destined to be the largest in the southern municipality in the last 25 years, will be carried out on a 175,000 square metre piece of land located in the El Hornillo-Sonneland area, between Calle Agustín Millares Carló, which goes down Sonneland, and the sea side of the GC-1. The promoters have already announced that Mercadona, Decathlon, GM Food and McDonald's will be opened in the large commercial park, as well as other restaurant businesses, a pharmacy and a petrol station.
The developer hopes that work on the infrastructure (construction of streets and provision of sanitation, lighting and other basic services) can start between the end of January and the beginning of February next year, which are budgeted at almost 8 million euros and will take a year to complete.
Following that they will start construction of the large commercial park, a singular structure divided into several warehouses designed by the architects Luis Cabrera Correa and Juan Pablo Henao, which will require an investment of 30 million. The idea is that these will be operational in 2022, housing 10 stores whose areas will range from 1,000 square meters for the smallest, to 3,500 meters for GM Food, or 2,700 meters for Mercadona. Also, more than 750 parking spaces will be enabled, 270 on the surface and 500 in two levels below ground, creating more than 200 jobs.
Finally, the residential complex of 300 homes, which vary between single and family dwellings, will have an investment of 60 million euros and is scheduled to be executed in 3 phases. The promoters intend to start work on these from the end of 2021.
800 licenses granted, valued at 290 million euros:
But this Sonneland project was not the only one that was debated on Friday at the Governing Board meeting. The councillor for Urbanism, Alejandro Marichal, brought 47 files of major work licenses to the session, which, added to those approved in the last year, show a figure, according to municipal calculations, of 800 licenses granted, resulting in investment of 290 million euros.