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Almerimar will grow in more than one hundred homes on the beachfront
The developer Metrovacesa plans to invest more than 27 million euros in a new residential complex
Almerimar, the main residential area of El Ejido with more than 10,000 registered inhabitants, is gaining momentum with new real estate investments. The ejido core will soon have a new urban development with 115 homes on the beachfront. It is Metrovacesa who has decided to value this land, through the Itamar development, with a planned investment of 27.3 million euros.
Its location is close to the Marina with direct access to the promenade, golf course and schools. The City Council has a project for a new sports complex, a school and a new institute.
Metrovacesa is one of the leading promoters in Spain with more than one hundred years of history. Its main activity focuses on the promotion and sale of homes and is complemented by the development of commercial projects and active land management.
It currently has the largest portfolio of developable land in the Spanish market, with a buildable area of 5.3 million square meters that will allow the development of 32,000 homes throughout the country. The market value of its assets reaches 2,600 million euros.
Metrovacesa is an old acquaintance in Almería and one of its most significant operations was the sale in 2008 of the Casa de las Mariposas to Cajamar.
Almerimar still has areas of land to develop, both in the first and second lines through two sectors until reaching Guardias Viejas. The new Ley Lista, of an autonomous nature to order Andalusian urban planning, now allows developers to take more initiative to develop new areas of urban land. One of the areas where no urbanization project is planned at the moment, after years in which it was almost on the verge of being carried out, is Ensenada de San Miguel, where hundreds of hectares of rustic land are still under cultivation.
One of the levers for the growth of Almerimar, which has experienced sawtooth development in recent decades, is the Marina, whose concession is about to expire. In the opinion of residents, the dock needs new investments in the Yacht Club with new modernization projects for hotels and other economic sectors.
Almerimar has not stopped growing in recent years in the number of ejido residents registered in the urbanization from the main nucleus of the municipality.
Almerimar was born from 1967 as a Center of National Tourist Interest promoted by the businessman from Palencia Agustín González Mozo on 500 hectares.
He associated with the British promoter Mac Alpine and began to buy old pastures from ranchers and farmers through domain records until he unraveled a 1,500-hectare puzzle. Many of them were acquired from the companies Adralmería Española and Unión Salinera and were later sold, in turn, to Gustavo Bueno, among others, to constitute the seed of 'Tierras de Almería'.
At that time, the project was not yet called Almerimar but rather 'Oasis of the Costa del Sol', in times of the mayor of Dalías, Ramón Callejón, when El Ejido did not yet exist as a municipality. His motto was “in Almería, plans are sold, realities are sold”.
The golden years of Urbanization
The architect who left his mark on the entire complex was Julián Laguna and the designer of the golf course was the American Ron Kirby. The construction company was Laing and the author of the Rafael Segovia Marina project. The financiers of the urban planning macro-operation were the Catalan Development Bank, the Coca Bank and the Atlantic Bank, and in 1976 work began with an investment in the first phase of more than one billion pesetas. They were years in which the pioneering establishments of the urbanization were opened: the Tiburón, the Segoviano, the Pirámide nightclub, the Beach Club of the Mexican Mauricio Cervantes, son-in-law of that famous German doctor Kremer.