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The former bank property known as Bloc 17 will pass into Barcelona’s ownership
The government of Barcelona will purchase the building known as Bloc 17. Throughout the 30 years of its existence, the building has been under the ownership of a banking group and was run on a budget of 1 million euros by the youth organization.
“Mega-center of sanitation” has opened in Joan Miró park
A new area devoted to sanitation and cleanliness has appeared in Eixample, on the lower level of the park dedicated to Joan Miró. The new space was solemnly inaugurated by Frederic Ximeno, the ecology commissioner of Barcelona.
Approval of new renovations to Ciutadella anticipated
Ciutadella park awaits big changes. Plans are underway to improve the park’s accessibility, increase the number of green zones, and restore the closed buildings.
By 2020, 13,000 more housing units for rent will be available in Barcelona
The mayor’s office of the Catalonian capital maintains that in the near future (within the next three years), Barcelona will introduce 13,000 new rental housing offers, which is twice the figure for 2015.
The Barcelona mayor’s office will cover 75% of the cost for the refurbishment of 10 private gardens
Among the establishments that will receive financial aid from the government for the regeneration or creation of gardens are Los Salesianos de Sarrià, a residential complex on Gran Via, one of the buildings of Porxos d’en Xifré, the Urbaser company, and Sant Pau hospital.
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Barcelona’s medieval canal, Rec Comtal, may be even older than we thought
Rec Comtal, the artificial irrigation canal that stretches through the Catalonian capital, might have a longer history than was estimated previously. Moreover, its construction process may have involved immigrants from Andalusia.
Renovation of the cult pavilions of Finca Güell created by Gaudi
Another stunning creation by Antonio Gaudi will recuperate its original gloss and fame: the pavilions of Finca Güell, located on Avinguda de Pedralbes, will undergo a substantial restoration process in the near future.
Old silk factory is refurbished as a library
The Les Corts district of Barcelona recently has introduced to the public a new central library at the address, Comtes de Bell-lloc, 192-200. Prior to its renovation, this building was home to the plant Benet Campabadal, which produced silk ribbons.
Barcelona residents gather support against the terrace law
In Barcelona, citizens have begun to gather a collection of signatures to introduce amendments to the current terrace law that would guarantee increased affordability, mobility, and rest for the residents living near restaurant terraces in Barcelona.
Old Cine Niza in Barcelona to undergo complete renovation
The demolition process of the antique cinema, Cine Niza, located in the Sagrada Familia district, is already under way. Afterwards, the building is projected to be completely reconstructed and transformed into an entirely new public space in connection with other commercial premises.
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