News November, 21st 2009 by

Tecnology park expands to Marbella

Marbella park
For the first time the Andalusian Technology Park (PTA), based in Campanillas is planning to expand into new territory by opening a new site in Marbella.
On Monday the head of Innovation, Science and Business at the Junta de Andalucía, Martín Soler, explained that the new site of the ‘technopolis’ would cover some 197 hectares in the Guadaiza area of San Pedro Alcántara. The land in question is currently made up of 300 privately-owned estates and is listed as an ‘area of opportunity’ in the POT plan for the western Costa del Sol. The area had already been zoned for this type of activity in the Plan Especial de Guadaizo drawn up in 2007.
“This project could be a huge financial boost to the western Costa del Sol. Marbella offers the right conditions to attract new investment and we know that there is a demand from technological firms that want to set up there”, pointed out Soler, who offered little morein the way of detail or timescales, adding only that the financial cost of the project had not been evaluated but that this could run into “tens of millions of euros”.
The idea would be to reach a public-private agreement with the participation of Marbella Town Hall and the landowners along with the regional authoriity for the development of the project.
The Marbella branch of the PTA would be managed following the same model as that used in Malaga, where the Junta, the City Hall, Unicaja and very shortly the University of Malaga are the shareholders.
The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, held a meeting with the current director of the PTA, Felipe Romera, before the summer, when the possiblity of the expansion was discussed.

Simon Schönbeck

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