MALAGA Council is considering the construction of a 5-star hotel in the port area.
This was revealed by an official from the city’s Urban Development Department which is working on the project.
This was one of the star points of the mayor, Francisco de la Torre’s, political campaign in the elections in May last year.
The hotel is expected to be a considerable height, will be built within the port itself, and a first proposal for the project has already been made, while a second is being drawn up.
Within a few months, the mayor will decide if he gives them his approval. The project will also have to be approved by the Port Authorities, and will require private investments to go ahead.
The latter could be the hardest requirement to fulfill, especially in the current financial crisis, as there are already similar projects in the city which cannot go ahead due to lack of investors.
The project was initially proposed by the President of the Port Authorities, Enrique Linde, who said there were several international companies interested, however, at the time, the conservative Partido Popular in the city council rejected the idea of the port being given a special use authorization.
De la Torre’s inclusion of the project in his electoral campaign enraged Linde, and caused a confrontation between the two men on micro-blogging site Twitter.
In any case, Linde has little confidence in the project going ahead.