The Town Council of Macael has approved this Thursday, with the abstention of the socialist councillors, the project for the construction of a public car park with 40 parking spaces, in the centre of the municipality, in the commercial area and the surroundings of the Plaza Almería.
The surroundings of the Plaza Almería will be transformed into a great space for the enjoyment of the neighbours, but above all, it will be a great tourist attraction, an imposing space inspired by the Roman Empire and where Macael marble will be the main protagonist.
A municipal car park was planned for the ground floor of the square, which is exactly what will now be built just a few metres away from the Plaza Almería itself, in Calle San Fernando, where the Town Hall has a municipal building. The underground car park had a capacity of just 27 spaces and cost more than 800,000 euros. After studying the different options, it has been decided to transform this old municipal building into an American style car park with 3 floors and which will allow up to 40 free parking spaces, including spaces for people with reduced mobility.
“This is done to activate local commerce and the whole commercial area of Macael. It will allow us to make forty parking spaces available to our businesses and their customers. A project that has a cost of about 500,000 euros. This modification of the initial project, to build this car park in San Fernando street, allows us to save around 300,000 euros and we gain 13 more parking spaces” explained the mayor of Macael, Raul Martinez, in the municipal plenary session held this week.
“The purpose of this car park is to ensure that there is always space available to shop in our establishments or to do business in the centre of our town. It will be free for 90 minutes, after which there will be a charge. And then during non-business hours and weekends, it will be totally free. It will have a video surveillance system and lighting for those who want to leave their cars at night or on weekends, outside business hours, it will be free of charge.
The project of the new public car park is financed with provincial plans of the Diputación de Almería and local funding. A significant saving of money which will be invested in the new monumental complex which has been planned to transform the Plaza Almería, and whose project will be presented in plenary session shortly, possibly this December.