Adeje Ayuntamiento has unveiled a 5* project for El Puertito, on the coast below Armeñime. The council says that the plan will fully respect the natural value and environment of the area, protect the residential zone and underwater reserve, but will create up to 1,000 jobs while bringing 21st century tourism to this part of the borough.
Mayor Fraga announced that only 31% of the land in the area may be used for building (with some 50% in total in the public domain) and that plans will protect the environment and local residents: the project will integrate their houses into the plan and, where possible, follow the lines of the house designs in the port which is part of the natural value and charm of the area. The mayor said that one of the non-negotiable conditions with the developers of this new project has been that the small hamlet of around 30 residents is protected. Another precondition was the strengthening of the marine reserve, an environmental marine project that has been developed since 2011.
The project envisages an extension of the beach area, the creation of natural spaces with a wooden pathway, lakes, stepped pools, green zones and gardens as well as a road design that will be as unobtrusive as possible. The images above give a reasonable artist’s impression of the finished design. The initial investment is currently estimated at €25 million with employment for 250 persons over the next 2 to 3 years. In the long term the developers, Filip Hoste (responsible for projects such as Baobab Suites), say they will create 750 jobs with an overall investment of €180 million over 5 years. During this time the plan is to build leisure, commercial and beach zones, as well as the construction of 5-star accommodation. When the project is concluded it is estimated that 1,000 new jobs in the tourism sector will have been created.
The new plan will also include new high tension pylons, water sanitation installations and much improved telecommunication networks, as well as new access routes to the zone following the coast, and the creation of parking spaces. The developers have also designed a 5 kilometre pathway and a 4 kilometre bicycle lane circling the zone.