Projects Worth 100 million for the “new” Larnaca.

Oct 7, 2022 | Cyprus Economy

The trigger for the start of the plans for the projects, which will be based on what the area plan provides, was given by the Minister of Transport, Giannis Karousos, that the state will fully bear the cost of the study and the anti-corrosion works to be carried out. This is in essence the next important step for the “long-suffering” area, since through the projects a coastal front of about three kilometers long will be recovered.

“There is not in Cyprus, nor in the Mediterranean, such a large area of land available for exploitation next to the sea and even inside the city”, announce the mayor of Larnaca, indicating the huge prospects that open up for development, in combination with the large investment for the redevelopment of the port and Marina, which is the largest ever in Cyprus and amounts to 1,2 billion.

The Department of marine projects of the Ministry of Transport, will announce a tender for the study of anti-corrosion projects, the implementation of which is expected to exceed 50 million euros. “The study is estimated that in two years from today it will be finished, then it will take another two years to carry out the anti-corrosion works that will be done with modern methods.”

Initially, in the area plan, the creation of a backfill in the models of the Limassol pier was included. However, it was finally decided to create a beachfront with sand in the area, which in this way will become more attractive for tourist developments, while residents and visitors can enjoy it more.

With the completion of the study on anti – corrosion projects, around the end of 2024, the municipality of Larnaca will begin the maturation of the other large public works that will be carried out in the area and will be included in the new “programming period 2027-2034”. Works will be carried out both on the side of the sea and on the side where the facilities of the refineries were located.

One of the most impressive is the extension of the pedestrian street of Oroklini to the Port of Larnaca. This pedestrian street, through the projects that will be carried out by the company Kition Ocean Holdings in the port and Marina, will be consolidated with the one on the coastal front of Finikoudes, which reaches the Mackenzie area, at the boundaries of Larnaca airport. Given that the expansion of this project is planned on the north side, in order to pass through the tourist gate and reach the limits of the British bases, it is understood that Larnaca will acquire the largest coastal pedestrian street in Cyprus.

The municipality of Larnaca, as noted by Mr. Vyras, wants to create on the side of the sea and “Oasis foci”. “In the private areas where permits will be given for developments, green space is provided for 20% which is a greater percentage than the other areas of the city, which is 15%. The planning includes the creation in several areas of modern parks with greenery and playgrounds”.

In the area where the facilities of the refineries were, a large urban square with many green spaces and a refreshment room will be created, with the municipality of Larnaca aspiring to become the Reference Center for the campus, which it wishes to create in the space.

The building of the Cyprus Petroleum Storage Company has already been requested, in order to renovate and transfer the Medical School of a private university to the site. The KETAP is positive and what remains is to make measurements in this area, to see if the subsoil has been affected. If it has been affected, then the space will be cleaned, which will take one to two years and then the procedures will be initiated. If, however, the subsoil is clean then the actions will be immediate and once the building is recovered it will be renovated to accommodate the first Higher Education school.

Among the projects that will be done in the area, is the creation of pedestrian and bicycle paths and the conversion of Psiloritis Street, which has a direction to the refineries, into an environmental road. In addition, the three channels of rainwater that end up in the sea and were left to the mercy of time for many years will be configured. Already for the Livadia Canal, an envelope of 3 million euros has been approved from the recovery and Resilience Plan and by the end of the year the announcement of tenders is expected.

Finally, the planning includes the completion of the troubled Panagoulis Avenue located behind the refineries, the second phase of which has been pending for almost 15 years. This is a project of crucial importance for the area, since the road that will be created will end up on the rizoelia – Ayia Napa highway and will decongest the traffic on the Larnaca – Dhekelia road.

Reassuring citizens who express fears that the new tourist area of Larnaca will be inaccessible due to the private developments planned, the mayor of Larnaca assured that the planning made for Public Works, aims at exactly the opposite.

“What we assure is that the development will be in accordance with the area plan. It will not be an enclosed space for anyone, so there will also be a recovery of the beach that will be public. The Larnaca residents should not worry, the private developments will be combined with the public and public spaces, so that the space is enjoyed by all the citizens and all the visitors”.

He also clarified that the municipality of Larnaca does not intend to accept deviations in terms of the height of the buildings on the side of the sea, which according to the area plan should not exceed 68 meters.

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