MOTRIL Council wants to turn the virtually abandoned second floor of its municipal market into a ‘gourmet area’.
The market is set to undergo a comprehensive programme of renovations, with a budget of €300,000, paid for by the town council. With contributions from private investors, the council expects to reach a total budget of €1 million.
Infrastructure councillor, Nicolas Navarro, together with other council representatives and experts, have held meetings to plan the renovation project.
“The renovations must be favourable to all parties involved, through an initiative that not only upgrades the site but also boosts the market’s financial activity,” said Mr Navarro, who added that representatives of the market would also take part in the decision-making.
So far, efforts are being put towards finding specialist gastronomy companies, which would like to base their headquarters in the unused second floor of the building.
“This would also allow for business owners on the first floor to benefit from modernisation works,” stressed Mr Navarro.
Obligations for the company that occupies the second floor would be to give it better accessibility, provide air-conditioning as well as escalators, amongst other upgrades.
There are already several companies interested in taking on the project, which will be put out to tender shortly, according to council representatives.