Plans are underway to breathe new life into the Plaza de Toros neighbourhood of Marbella. This downtown residential area, which is one of the main routes one takes to enter the town from the motorway, contains some features that have long been an eyesore in our otherwise beautiful city. The private development project, which was announced this week, promises to transform this extensive piece of land on the Ojen Road into a commercial centre with car parks. The Mayor, Angeles Muñoz, presented initial sketches of what the area will look like reassuring any doubters that it will by no means feature any high-rise blemishes on the landscape, and will add to the rejuvenation of the district. “We are talking about a new centre of Andalusian design and low height that will completely change the image of this route into the town as well as revitalising the local neighbourhood, which this year is 50 years old,” said the mayor. The owners of the vast area of 32,811 square metres of land located here have formed a consortium to carry out the development, in which the town hall will own a small percentage share. In accordance with the deal made with the town hall, the landowners must give the local authority in excess of 20,000 square metres of land. The distribution will allow for a refreshing 8,445 metres of green zones, 3,492 for roads/parking and 9,227 for educational facilities, which will be utilised to extend the Antonio Machado primary school. The commercial centre itself is due to cover 11,600 square metres and will have parking spaces for between 600 and 700 vehicles. In addition to being a car park for the commercial centre, these spaces will also benefit users of the new Foreigners and Social Security centres due to open shortly. No dates have been set as yet, but the town hall is optimistic that work could commence as early as the beginning of next year. We at Altavista Property share the enthusiasm of Marbella’s town hall when it comes to urban renewal projects like this, which rejuvenate and beautify the town.