WORK on the new Central Market in Elche could begin in November 2015.
The work is to cover an area of 25,000 square metres and in a location of archaeological interest. It will last between 16 and 20 months, with an investment of €11 million. Any salvageable historic items found during the work will be noted and stored in a suitable place.
The new market will have three underground levels to accommodate 300 car parking spaces, a basement supermarket, a ground floor with 42 seating areas and smaller outdoor spaces. There will be shopping facilities on the first floor with rooftop terraces and dining areas.
Not everyone is in support of the project and a group has been set up against it. The platform said the plans for the new market were “vulgar” and did not fit in with the aesthetic of the historic centre of Elche.
Councillor for Infrastructure, Vicente Granero, defended the market project and said: “It is supported by market vendors and citizens.”