by Staff Reporter

THE Pere Garau district of Palma is to be gentrified at a cost of 600'000 euros in an operation which will start next year and will involve the Balearic government and the Palma city council.

This was revealed yesterday when Balearic leader Francesc Antich and Mayor Aina Calvo visited the district accompanied by Jaume Carbonero, the minister of housing and public works.

Work will be centred in an area of 68.2 hectares between Calles Aragon, Médico José Darder, Reyes Católicos and Manacor.
Carbonero said that Pere Garau is one of the most densely populated areas of the city, with 25'000 inhabitants, and it also has very heavy traffic.
The agreement on the project between the government and the city council will be signed next month.
The entire project will be tendered to a multi-discipline team who will be instructed to act on two fronts: restructuring the district and refurbishing buildings, Carbonero said.

This will include creating new parking areas, improving public transport, creating new green zones and demolishing obsolete buildings to create new open areas.

Buildings will be refurbished following criteria of sustainability, energy efficiency, easy access and improvements to façades and other common elements of buildings.

Carbonero said that everyone will be invited to take part. This includes neighbourhood associations, administrations, the private sector and professional bodies among others.

A special office will be set up which will co-ordinate and promote the project and also attend to all those who are interested in the project.
Pere Garau has a municipal market, open six days a week, with a lively outdoor section every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
It also has a lot of small shops.


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